Eddie Hearn gives insight into Anthony Joshua TKO in Exclusive Interview with Fanatics View

June 17, 2019 4:38 AM
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Eddie Hearn speaks with Fanatics View on his plans for Anthony Joshua following his defeat to Andy Ruiz.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s goal was to have Anthony Joshua meet Andy Ruiz in the U.K. for a rematch. He felt this would provide his fighter with many advantages after suffering an upset against Ruiz in his U.S debut.

A rematch in the U.K. would mean Joshua fighting back home, in front of the same crowd that he gained popularity with. He has also gathered sold-out crowds at both the Principality and Wembley Stadium, with 80,000 and 90,000; respectively.

This is the kind of leverage that Joshua could have used to avenge his first loss, but Hearn revealed to Fanatics View that the former unified heavyweight champion wants to go down another route.

“But that crazy mother f—-r, I spoke to him yesterday,” Hearn told FV. “And he’s like, ‘I think we should do it at the (Madison Square) Garden.’ I’m like ‘why?’ He’s like ’cause that’s where it went wrong. I need to put it right. And to put it right where it went wrong would be the ultimate.'”

Joshua came to the Madison Square Garden seeking to become the same star in the U.S. that he was in the U.K. But Ruiz stole the show instead as he handed Joshua a TKO loss, and dethroned him of his titles.

“My demons won’t leave me until I put it right there.” Joshua told Hearn.

The upset had it’s impact on Joshua (22-1, 21KOs), as Hearn told FV that that he didn’t want to leave the house he was renting in the U.S. for a few days. Although Hearn wanted a different scenery for Joshua, he likes the idea of his stock rising in the U.S. with a victory against Ruiz (33-1, 22KOs).

With the rematch on it’s way, Hearn confirmed to FV that it will take place this November or December.




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