Anthony Joshua reign as World heavyweight boxing champion may have been over as even his promoter, Eddie Hearn appears to have lost faith in the boxer ever regaining his titles by beating Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch slated for next year.
Joshua activated his rematch clause over the weekend after losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to Usyk, having been outclassed by the wily southpaw at the Hotspur Stadium last month.
The pair are expected to face in March or April next year in the United Kingdom, although many fans and pundits have written Joshua off given the one-sided nature of their 12-round contest.
And during an appearance on The DAZN Boxing Show, Daily Mail reports that Hearn slipped up by forecasting that Tyson Fury would have to wait until September 2022 to unify the heavyweight division – against Usyk.
‘Dillian Whyte against Tyson Fury is a massive fight here, massive fight,’ Hearn, who also promotes Whyte, started. ‘The build-up would be maybe as good as the fight, but we know Dillian Whyte deserves his shot.
‘Victory against Otto Wallin, nobody can deny him that shot at the world heavyweight title.’
On Fury’s future, Hearn made the faux pas in which he overlooked Joshua: ‘He’s had two fights in two years, Tyson Fury, and he hates inactivity.
‘If he sits it out, AJ’s going to fight Usyk in March or April and Usyk’s going to fight Fury in September or October.
‘It’s going to be three fights in three years, let’s get a bit of momentum.’
Fans have reacted to Hearn’s faux pas, claiming that it speaks to a lack of confidence in his fighter to get the job done in 2022.
‘Freudian slip I guess, he loves AJ as a great friend but let’s be real even Eddie must be disappointed,’ one fan said. ‘He must be finding it tough to sell this timid and scared version of AJ who seems to have regressed as a fighter since Ruiz 1 as he’s seemingly so paranoid about taking hits now.’
Another added: ‘Lets just hope its just mind games to make Usyk over confident haha. still bad look tho [sic].’
One fan wrote: ‘I can’t believe he just threw AJ under the bus’ while another said: ‘If my promoter has this little faith in me I’m ripping up that contract and going on my way.’