TwitterFacebook

Eddie Hearn says 2020 will be most important year of Anthony Joshua’s career

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes 2020 will be the most important of Anthony Joshua’s career.

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion regained his belts with a comprehensive boxing lesson over conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.

Next up for Joshua 23-1 (21) is a mandatory title defence against the dangerous Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14) at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London on June 20.

See Also

“As we go into what I believe will be the biggest year of AJ’s career so far, all our attention turns to Pulev in an absolute must-win fight,” said Hearn to the BBC.

“Pulev is undefeated in six years and his team, and especially Bob Arum, really fancy this. I think you are going to see something special from AJ – a destructive performance on the road to undisputed.”

Steve Bunce from 5 Live says Bulgarian Pulev, 38, will fancy his chances after seeing Ruiz physically rough up Joshua before knocking him out in seven rounds at New York’s Madison Square Garden last June.

“What needs to be added is Pulev will go for it,” said Bunce.

“He has to because Andy Ruiz Jr went for it and he beat Joshua. There will always be a question now over Joshua. Pulev will be in the ‘Joshua’s got nothing’ camp.

“Pulev will be getting in the ring with the people around him whispering in his ear about how easy it is going to be to beat that guy.”

Pulev was scheduled to face Joshua in 2017 but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury in training camp. He has reeled off eight straight wins since his lone loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.

“Pulev hurt Klitschko in the first round and hurt him with the jab,” said 5 Live Boxing’s Mike Costello.

“He did have a go. He’s beaten Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora which is a sign he belongs close to the elite. For me, he is just below that elite rung.

“Joshua can re-establish himself and in the end, he just has to win. Then we get on that bandwagon for a fight with Fury later in the year. I am thinking the same December weekend as when Joshua fought Ruiz and, again, in Saudi Arabia.”

Bunce added: “It is the well that never runs dry. Rematches, grudge fights, overdue fights, outdoor stadiums, indoor stadiums, sell-outs, Las Vegas, Tottenham, the world. That’s the heavyweight scene right now.”

red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren open negotiations for all-British fights

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren open negotiations for all-British fights

Eddie Hearn has spoken to Frank Warren over the phone with a view to arranging a meeting to discuss cross-promotional opportunities. Earlier this week Warren issued a media statement calling for the rival promoters to work together to match boxers…

David Benavidez to defend super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo…

David Benavidez to defend super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo on August 15

WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez 22-0 (19) will defend his title against Alexis Angulo 26-1 (22) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on August 15 live on Showtime. The 23-year-old power puncher was last in action in…

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Negotiations for the highly anticipated fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-1 (10) and Teofimo Lopez 15-0 (12) have reached an impasse that could see the October 3 card in Las Vegas scrapped. IBF champion Lopez has reportedly been offered $1.2 mil…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry about Oleksandr Usyk in Marbella

Anthony Joshua has revealed what was discussed when he ran into Tyson Fury in Marbella, Spain recently. The heavyweight rivals ran into each other while on holidays with Fury stopping to chat with Joshua, who was taking a walk. WBA, IBF and WBO…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend of December

Eddie Hearn is still holding out hope that the fight between unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 23-1 (21) and Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14) will take place in front of a live crowd. The WBA, IBF and WBO champion is due to make a mandatory defenc…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie Hearn

WBA super middleweight champion Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith 27-0 (19) remains the leading contender to face Mexican superstar and world middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) later this year, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn. But th…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US