Hearn Searches For Clarity At Heavyweight
Eddie Hearn has several eggs in the heavyweight championship basket, primarily the future of unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Joshua, who won the title back in December against an unprepared Andy Ruiz Jr, has been called upon by both the IBF and WBO to fight their mandatory challengers Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk, the latter also represented by Hearn.
“Conversations are ongoing with all parties to plan what’s next and it will really come to a head over the next few weeks,” Hearn told Sky Sports of the logjam of who is going to fight Joshua next early in the spring of this year.
“We are still awaiting clarification from the governing bodies to confirm who is chronologically next but right now everything is in play.”
While Hearn claims everything is in-play, the IBF challenger Pulev is currently targeted to be Joshua’s next opponent, while Usyk may need to wait on-line, which can see Joshua stripped of his championship.
“In terms of Usyk v Chisora that is still a potential outcome, but March 7 is unlikely” Hearn stated. “Instead we have March 28 on hold at the O2.”
Usyk and Chisora could also fall by the wayside if Joshua is stripped, as the order may go out for Usyk to fight former WBO champion Joseph Parker, who is ranked second by the governing body.