Hearn: Joshua Is Too Big For Foreign Arenas
Following one of the largest indoor crowds in the history of boxing, Anthony Joshua walked away with not only his 20th career victory, but his 20th knockout, with a 10th round stoppage of Carlos Takam.
The reigning WBA, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion would not walk away unscathed, as an errant headbutt caught Joshua on the nose causing it to suffer some damage, but insisting it wasn’t broken.
One thing that wasn’t damaged was Joshua’s ability to draw in the United Kingdom, as 78,000 people filed into Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to see him fight Takam, a replacement opponent. While many in the boxing community, especially Deontay Wilder, are calling him to fight in the United States, it doesn’t seem likely.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, is open to fighting outside of the U.K, but finds it a hard sell because of the numbers Joshua draws his home area. With a combined 168,000 people at Joshua’s last two fights, it is hard to think that Joshua would drop down to a 20-30,000 seater, which Hearn agrees with.
“To go to another country in a 4,000 [capacity] arena just for a little bit more money… AJ has always wanted to put on shows, inside and outside the ring, and there isn’t a show like an Anthony Joshua show in world boxing,” he said. “We don’t really want to walk away from that.”