Eddie Hearn joins Boxing News’ Rob Tebbutt to react to Dalton Smith’s brutal KO win and talk rumours of Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou.
Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight?
” Monday or Tuesday could be an announcement.”
Six weeks out from the prospective date of August 12th, Hearn clarified that Anthony Joshua is eager to fight. The team has been setting and extending deadlines in a bid to finalize a match. While he eliminated the possibility of Dillian Whyte, citing the removal of issues like the rematch clause, the final arrangement is yet to be confirmed.
Hearn added that they have candidates ready to sign and that they’re close to striking a deal after fruitful meetings with Saudi Arabian representatives. He stressed the importance of this fight for Joshua’s development and momentum, solidifying their intention to push forward.
Wilder vs Ruiz: Hearn’s Perspective
“I don’t think they’re going to get the money together… I just can’t see that fight happening.”
Hearn cast doubt on the prospect of Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz squaring off, not expecting that the fight would materialize due to financial difficulties.
Fury vs Ngannou: Exhibition Match
“We understand Tyson Fury is going to fight Ngannou in an exhibition… it doesn’t affect our fight at all.”
Regardless of what happens with Fury, Joshua’s fight will proceed as planned.
Potential Match-ups: Usyk vs Hrgovic
“If he doesn’t fight an undisputed fire, that’s the fight he will have to fight.”
Hearn discussed potential match-ups, including Usyk possibly facing Filipp Hrgovc in December, given certain governing body rulings.
Hearn’s Reaction to Canelo vs Jermell Charlo
“They’re sometimes the most powerful announcements… Jermell stepped up and it’s a good fight.”
Hearn gave his thoughts on the surprising announcement of the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. The surprise element of the announcement left quite an impact, as it was initially thought that Canelo was going to fight Charlo’s brother, who wasn’t ready. Despite the size disadvantage, Hearn believes it’s a good match and wished both fighters good luck.