The days continue to pass by and still no word of Anthony Joshua’s replacement opponent for his June 1st fight in New York. It’s been well documented that Jarrell Miller failed three separate PED tests, thus removing him of the chance of a lifetime to face Joshua, the IBF, WBA, and WBO champion.
Promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed a list of six names in the mix to land the fight, with Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz and 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter said to be the two men that are leading the pack in terms of having a chance to get the call.
But promoter Don King doesn’t want his fighter, interim WBA champion Trevor Bryan, to get overlooked. King recently issued a press release giving his stance.
“All I am hearing is a bunch of lies out there,” said King. “They are saying I asked for $15 million for Bryan to fight Joshua. I haven’t asked for a dime. I haven’t talked to Eddie, but I’ve left multiple messages and he certainly has my number. I’m ready to talk to Hearn or Joshua and Bryan is ready to step in and make the fight.”
King hasn’t been as active on the big stage in recent years yet he is confident he could work out a deal with Hearn.
“Based upon my wonderful relationship with Eddie Hearn’s father Barry, I would be happy to help promote this great boxing extravaganza between Anthony Joshua and Trevor Bryan. This would give boxing fans around the world a great championship fight which they richly deserve,” said King.
But what does Bryan think of Joshua? All one has to do is flash back to November of last year, when he was asked about several heavyweight topics during an interview in Miami.
Bryan revealed that an eventual fight with Joshua was on his mind and even said he would be willing to travel overseas to make it happen. Bryan also didn’t seem overly impressed with Joshua’s skills as a champion.
“Man, honestly, AJ has been doing what he’s doing, but I mean, his last couple fights, for some reason over in England, they make it out like he’s superman but I don’t really think that he is,” Bryan stated. “He’s a regular man as well. His last fight showed. I’ve seen a lot of flaws.”
Bryan is a young fighter by heavyweight standards at age 29 and he has a 20-0 record with 14 knockouts. He captured the interim belt he now holds with an easy destruction of BJ Flores.
A fight vs. Joshua would be a step up, but Bryan seems more than ready for the opportunity. He recently took to social media to claim that he is ready to step in, calling it his “Buster Douglas” moment, referencing Douglas’ shocking upset win over Mike Tyson years back.