Eddie Hearn Claims Oleksandr Usyk Isn’t Only Option For Anthony Joshua
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn insists that Oleksandr Usyk isn’t the lone option for Anthony Joshua’s next fight.
Joshua was on board for a massive title unification bout against fellow heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on August 14 in Saudi Arabia. Things went awry when Deontay Wilder won his arbitration. Wilder is legally owed a trilogy bout with Tyson Fury by September 15. The fight has been set for July 24 inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now that the fight with Fury is on the backburner, many have assumed that mandatory WBO Title challenger Usyk will get to throw leather with Joshua next. Hearn told the folks at iFL TV that there are other options as well (h/t DAZN).
“Andy Ruiz, he Instagrammed me. That’s a fight that I think we’d be interested in. If you’re going to America, Luis Ortiz is another guy you could fight. If you’re doing the U.K., Dillian Whyte, is that the fight to make?
“In an ideal world, if there’s good business to be made with Oleksandr Usyk then that’s the fight next. I wouldn’t rule out any scenario at the moment for Anthony Joshua.”
Hearn admitted he harbored a lot of anger over how Fury’s team seemingly led him and Joshua astray.
“There was a lot of anger from everybody last week. Me, ‘AJ,’ just that these people, I can’t believe these people. He (Joshua) felt all along that they didn’t want the fight. I felt differently. I didn’t feel it about their team but I felt that Fury wanted the fight. Maybe he didn’t. Certain people didn’t want this fight and they’ve got their way for now.”