Eddie Hearn:" Anthony Joshua's next opponent will be.."
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After Anthony Joshua was defeated in the match against Oleksandr Usyk, there were rumors about his future and future challenges. Some believe that this could also mean the retirement of Anthony Joshua, but Eddie Hearn finds such things funny.
“People talked in the build-up about him retiring,” Hearn told talkSPORT. “When you lose a split decision to the pound-for-pound number one, why would you contemplate retirement? It’s about passion.
It’s about if you still want it. You could see how much he wanted it by his post-fight interview”. Eddie Hearn mentioned several names that could be potential opponents of the Briton. “I’d like to see him back out.
Maybe even in late December,” Hearn added. “There’s massive fights for him. Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder. There’s so many fights for him in the top . There’s even some Brits for him that are coming through in a couple of fights as well.
We’ve just got to see what he wants to do. It’s going to be a tough, tough defeat to take but he’ll be back”.
Eddie Hearn: I just want AJ to be happy
After the match, Anthony Joshua had a strange behavior.
He took the microphone from Usyk and then gave a speech. Many believe that such behavior was not necessary for him. Eddie Hearn still believes that it was the result of the impression after the match, and that Joshua just showed pure emotion.
Hearn has nothing but respect for Joshua and expects the best from him. "What you saw was raw emotion. A real person who was feeling the pressure and who wanted to win so badly," said promoter Eddie Hearn "You live in an online world where it's opinion, stick, abuse.
He will never tell you that he sees that pressure or feels it, but it's impossible not to. I just want AJ to be happy. He's given his whole life since he started boxing and people don't realise what a bubble it is. Everybody in the country knows who he is.
Everyone has got an opinion on who he is. He's in the gym all the time with his team. There isn't anyone I know who is more dedicated to the sport than him and sometimes people don't understand the pressures that are on people's shoulder.
But he's never ducked a challenge. You see these complete d********, many of them on social media, they've got too much to say for themselves.