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Anthony Joshua’s next opponent to be named today, says Hearn

Anthony JoshuaBy Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is saying that he’ll be announcing the name on Sunday of unbeaten #2 WBC, #2 WBO heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua’s next opponent for April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Hearn sent out a Tweet saying he’ll be announcing who the opponent is at 6:00 p.m. tonight. There aren’t any rumors now of who that fighter might be, but some boxing fans think it’ll be unbeaten Hughie Fury.

Last Saturday, Tyson Fury sent a Tweet saying “Some massive news coming soon, had to come to London for an urgent meeting about a massive fight, TBA very soon, u will not believe who!!!!!!”

It would be troubling if Joshua were to fight the 6’6” Hughie because he’s not even ranked in the top 15 by any of the boxing organizations, and he would arguably be a huge step backwards for Joshua for his last fight against Dillian Whyte.

“At 6pm this evening, across our social media, we will be announcing Anthony Joshua next fight at the O2 on April 9,” said Hearn on his Twitter today.

Hearn had recently that he was in negotiations with IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin’s management for a fight between Martin and Joshua. That would be the ideal fight for Joshua. However, it’s a fight that is hard to believe that Hearn would want to put on right now because Joshua clearly isn’t ready to be fighting a big heavyweight like the 6’5” Martin.

With the way that Whyte had Joshua shaken up early in their fight last December, Hearn would be making a huge blunder if he fed his golden goose Joshua to Martin. Joshua needs a little more experience before he starts taking on talents like Charles. I would wait if I were Hearn. Besides Charles, Hearn said that he had three or four other fighters that he was looking at for Joshua’s next fight.

“He’s not our only option. We’ve got three or four others that we’re looking at,” Hearn said to skysports.com.

Hearn needs a big enough name for Joshua to fight in April for it to be on Sky Box Office. Sadly, Hughie Fury is probably a big enough name for the fight to be a PPV event, even though it would be a sick mismatch in my view. Just by having the last name “Fury,” it will create a lot of interest from casual boxing fans in the UK, and they’ll want to open up their purses and comes up with the green cash to purchase this fight.

It’s a win-win for Hearn and Joshua to be matched against a weak guy like Hughie, because he’s not a threat to beating Joshua. There would be no real chance of Joshua losing the fight unless he has another shoulder or back injury that pops up during the course of the fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. With all the muscles that Joshua has on his frame, injuries are something that is likely going to become a natural thing for him in the future.


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