Promoter, Hearn loses hope on Anthony Joshua…tipped to lose again to Usyk

Promoter, Hearn loses hope on Anthony Joshua…tipped to lose again to Usyk
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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.’ 

9 Comments on this Post

  1. AJAYI OLUWOLE

    Anthony Joshua,go back to the landmark if he you want rise again, our spiritual life is stronger than physical life.
    God is everywhere but Jesus is God delight, it is an error to denounced Jesus or Christianity for other believes, AJ examine your journey, humble yourself repent and go back to Jesus, John 10v10.

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    • Austin Oseghale

      Anthony Joshua needs a new manager and trainer to motivate him to winning ways. He needs someone to build his confidence and fighting spirit . From Ruiz defeat to now, all I can see in his eyes is dismay fear and lose of self esteem and confidence. He is a champion and aught to act that way . He must be fearless . Am sorry to say the present team can’t take him to where he should be which is at the top. Same goes for Deontay. Take a cue from Mike Tyson, he was fearless and instills fear in others as a heavy weight champion . He can do it if he puts his mind and soul to it. The lose to Usyk was unfortunate and unexpected. He has the attributes to be a world champion again. The fire I saw in him when he fought Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and others is no longer there. He needs that back.

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      • Kola Olatunbosun, Canada

        AJ needs to be less cautious and throw that heavy punches. He relies too much on jabs and get scares of throwing his right punch we always know him for. His confidence level is extremely low not only with Usyk even the second fight with that Mexican guy in Saudi. He was lucky to regain his belts which he now lost to Usyk. I’m not sure if changing his team and promoter is the answer as this will affect him psychologically. It’s all about AJ not second guessing himself and follow his instinct and just throw the punches to his opponents. He also needs to work on his legs movement which he seems to get right during the second fight against the Mexican but his legs were so sluggish during the fight against Usyk.
        Lastly, AJ must avoid being to relax when coming to the ring and avoid unnecessary handshakes with his fans when coming out to fight. You can not be going to war and smiling and dancing! A true warrior must come out with a string and mean facial appearance! He will be ok in rematch if he corrects all these errors. The talent is there! Good luck my brother!

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    • Anthony should have learned usyk now, he must be a warrior and regain his belts. He must remember that there is no victory without failure.

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    • I agree with most of the critical points raised here concerning AJ’s dip in form. I also believe that his greatest problem is that he seems to have lost full concentration and focus on the sport. Lately, he seems to enjoy the status that comes with being champion without showing 100% hunger to fight. To remain successful at that highest level, he must find a way to always look forward to each bout with 100% interest, hunger and must enjoy doing it.

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  2. AJ our bros deserve to win the rematch. I was really disappointed with his performance wit that Usyk of a guy but I believed he can stil make history back to winning wasz

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    • Jonathan Igberaese

      Anthony Joshua seems to have lost concentration on his professional business of boxing. There were reports that on the Internet saying he eyes politics after his boxing career hence his romance with some top Nigerian political figures.. These Nigerian politicians have no good aura, no good omen and are negatively spirited capable of transfiguring individuals who relate with them into negativity.. Moreover, Joshua never concentrated on the usylk fight, rather, he was eyeing a fury fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship. If he wants to remain up there, he must severe his relationship with politicians and concentrate on boxing that made him world champion representing Britain and not Nigeria.. Otherwise politicians will desert him when he looses relevance. Let him take a cue from Samuel Peter.

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    • I agree with most of the critical points raised here concerning AJ’s dip in form. I also believe that his greatest problem is that he seems to have lost full concentration and focus on the sport. Lately, he seems to enjoy the status that comes with being champion without showing 100% hunger to fight. To remain successful at that highest level, he must find a way to always look forward to each bout with 100% interest, hunger and must enjoy doing it.

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  3. Josh, needed hatred, enough of all his humility and general technicalities. When challenged by a lighter weight for a fight, you need hatred in such scenarios in order to put him back in his place, I remember Adesanyas fight against Blachowisz. Usyk, with his good movements and tactical play is actually capable of challenging anyone

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