Eddie Hearn Evaluates The Injury Status Of Anthony Joshua
Recently, all eyes have been on Anthony Joshua. As a result of questions regarding his health, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn decided to extinguish the flames early.
Recently, Joshua (23-1) was seen with a knee brace at a “Black Lives Matter” rally in Watford, England. The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion injured himself while training. According to Hearn, it will take at least four weeks before Joshua can return to action. Hearn also told Sky Sports that it should not interfere with his 2020 plans to face Kubrat Pulev.
“When you’re on crutches with your leg in a brace it is never great, but it’s not something that will affect his 2020 career or his career at all,” Hearn stated. “He (Joshua) will have [the brace] on for three or four weeks just to make sure he is good to go to resume training.
“He tweaked the inside of his knee. He’s had scans. No surgery, so that’s good news. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t do any running or heavy work over the next few weeks.”
Hearn went on to say that the fight between Joshua and Pulev is still on for November. If he was to win that bout, he would be one step closer to an undisputed heavyweight title fight. Joshua and Tyson Fury recently agreed in principle to fight one another twice, starting in 2021.
Fury must also get through Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight sometime in November or December. There is also a chance he faces interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte. As for Joshua, Hearn and Matchroom are currently looking for a venue to host the fight against Pulev. Meant for June but postponed, there is an option for Croatia to host the event or a small UK venue.
“In our minds [Joshua vs Pulev] happens in November,” Hearn went on to say. “[There’s] a lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction. I’m confident that both guys have given their blessing for the fight to go ahead.”