Eddie Hearn has lashed out at reporter Thomas Hauser’s claim that Anthony Joshua should quit boxing.
According to reports, Hauser’s article, ‘The Bravest Decision Anthony Joshua Can Make is to Retire from Boxing,’ stressed that Joshua retiring was in his best interests.
Hauser’s rationale was as follows: Joshua’s declining win-loss record, lack of improvement despite changing trainers, and recent lackluster performance against Jermaine Franklin were alarming.
Not only that, but Hauser suggested that Joshua risked the chances of brain damage by even citing Muhammad Ali as an example.
Additionally, Joshua has amassed enough money to walk away from the sport. And yet, Hearn could not fathom those comments, as he did not hold back.
“What the f*** are these people talking about? Show me the damage he’s taken in a fight, the taxing heavyweight fights that Anthony Joshua has had.
“I find it really disrespectful where you’re doing an article where you’re talking about brain damage and the dangers of boxing and relating to Anthony Joshua and talking about Muhammad Ali and the damage he took.
“Have you ever seen Anthony Joshua in a fight where he’s taken sustained punishment?” Hearn
This is understandable since Joshua’s record has shown that he is rarely on the end of a beating. His record stands at 25-3 with 22KOs, but his approach since the Andy Ruiz Jr. loss has shown a more gun-shy Joshua.
However, with reports that Joshua could face Deontay Wilder in December, it is make or break for the Brit.