Hearn: Joshua “Needed” Loss to Get Spark Back
Even with Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz set for a rematch of their epic 2018 encounter, and a 2020 fight with Tyson Fury lined up for the WBC champion, Eddie Hearn truly believes neither is the biggest fight to be made in heavyweight boxing.
“It’s the biggest fight in the heavyweight division,” Hearn said of a rematch between unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua, just a week after Ruiz shocked the world and stopped Joshua in the seventh round inside Madison Square Garden.
“If Ruiz wins the rematch, he becomes the star of the division. In reality I wanted to give the fans a night they couldn’t remember. For us it wasn’t how we wanted it to go but it was an unforgettable night.”
While it was not the preferred outcome for the Matchroom boss’s golden goose, Hearn admits it may of been what he needed.
“This is the first fight he’s going into that no one is talking about the fight after,” stated Hearn. “Everyone was talking about Fury and Wilder. He was well prepared for the Ruiz fight, but subconsciously he didn’t have the same war mentality. He was giving Ruiz the belt and being polite. Now its different. He wants to flatten Andy Ruiz.”
“It was a good night for Matchroom. We lost the heavyweight titles and for AJ, who is a personal friend, I was gutted for days. Things happen but Joshua is in a different mind set and knows what’s on the line.”
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