Hearn Refutes Rumor Of AJ KO’ed In Sparring
Rumors surfaced on Monday that Anthony Joshua was not only knocked out in sparring, but had suffered a concussion in the process, prior to his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1st.
“Absolutely there is no truth that he was badly hurt in sparring, there were no health concerns going into the fight,” Hearn told The Telegraph of his fighter who lost his unified world heavyweight championships.
Hearn was chastised by Joshua’s father, Robert in the aftermath of the fight, and was seen with marks on his face prior to stepping into the ring.
While the conspiracy theory may be true, the New York State Athletic Commission is considered to be one of the strictest in the United States, but that has traditionally been in the case of Mixed Martial Arts and even professional wrestling (which is under their jurisdiction), but Hearn denies any chance that Joshua walked in their less than 100%.
“The biggest concern was a stye on his eye,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said in the post fight scrum.
“He’s putting on a brave face after the defeat, but he is already starting to think about getting revenge – the rematch is a huge fight and there’s a lot of pressure on AJ to win it.”
Report: The Telegraph