Hearn Charts Joshua’s Course For 2018

While discussing Anthony Joshua’s candidacy for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, Eddie Hearn spoke on the potential schedule of his heavyweight champion.

The goal according to Hearn is to have Joshua fight three times in 2018, and seems to be close to borkering a deal for a fight with WBO champion Joseph Parker. The negotiations for this fight have been beset by public posturing by Parker and his promoter David Higgins, who have gone after Joshua and his alleged “glass chin” on social and traditional media. If all goes according to Hearn’s plan the fight will take place at either Twickenham, the Principality Stadium, or Old Trafford for March 31st or April 7th.

Cardiff is favourite to host the unification title fight. Hearn hopes that Joshua will face WBC champion, Deontay Wilder in 2018, and from there face former champion Tyson Fury in 2018 or beyond.

Fury is hoping to get his boxing licence back next month after a doping ban was this week backdated and is planning a comeback in the coming year.

Hearn added: “I think there’s a chance for a fight against Tyson Fury for the end of the year. AJ wants to be in the biggest fights and that’s the biggest fight in British boxing. It would be huge.

“In an ideal world, AJ would fight three times against Parker, Wilder and Fury.”

“That’s a dream land scene but we must fight two of those so if Fury has to wait, then it will be spring 2019 – and Anthony is fine with that.”

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