Joshua Interested In Fighting In Hearn’s Garden
Could we end up seeing Anthony Joshua competing in a backyard sometime this year?
Recently, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn announced plans to host events on the property of Matchroom’s UK office in Brentwood, Essex. His former home, the 15-acre land would feature some of the United Kingdom’s top fighters. Hearn has been adamant that stars like Joshua will not be fighting in places like that, due to the financial loss Matchroom may receive.
Joshua (23-1) does not seem to care where he fights, as long as he is doing so. The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion recently stated that “a win’s a win” when it comes to fighting, wherever it may be. He even told Hearn to book him at the garden events, according to an interview with IFL TV.
“I was talking AJ, AJ wants to fight here at Fight Camp,” Hearn stated, via Daily Mail. “I don’t think that’s necessarily an option. But he wants to fight. This is what he does, I want to go back to the office, I want to go back to work. That’s what I do.”
Joshua has not fought since December when he avenged a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. after losing to him last June. He is currently set to face off against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Originally for this upcoming June, the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. There are also rumors of Joshua facing Tyson Fury.
The British Boxing Board of Control is hoping to host events by the summer. Hearn, with a crowd in mind, has an interest in bringing the fight to Croatia or Saudi Arabia. Wherever Joshua fights it is always a spectacle. Fans will fill places like Wembley, Principality, Madison Square Garden, The O2, Manchester Arena, and Diriyah Arena. Hearn went on to say on his Talk the Talk podcast that Joshua was adamant about not minding where the venue is.
“He said: ‘I love that, I love that!’ I said: ‘Yeah but think of everywhere you’ve fought. Wembley Stadium…’ But he said to me something that actually resonated,” Hearn stated, via Express. “‘You know what, I think some people just don’t want to fight.’ I said: ‘What do you mean?’ And he said: ‘Some people talk about this and that, but actually they’re quite happy to sit out and… Do you actually wanna get in there?’
“He says: ‘I would love to fight at the office!’ I said: ‘Really?!’ And he said: ‘Yeah it’d be unbelievable, it’d be so different…’ I think he’s right. A lot of the feedback I’m getting from fighters, 80 percent are saying, ‘Oh please just hurry up. Stick me in.”