Boxing news – Anthony Joshua update from Eddie Hearn
Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has told his promoter Eddie Hearn he’d love to defend his titles in the Matchroom Boxing chief’s back garden, which he plans on turning into an arena to stage fights during the coronavirus outbreak.
“I was speaking to AJ about it yesterday, he trained at the office for a long time when he started his career.
During the latest episode of Talk with Hearn and Bellew, the Matchroom chief said “He said: ‘I love that, I love that!’ I said: ‘Yeah but think of everywhere you’ve fought. Wembley Stadium.’
“But he said to me something that actually resonated. ‘You know what, I think some people just don’t want to fight.’
“I said: ‘What do you mean?’ And he said: ‘Some people talk about this and that, but actually they’re quite happy to sit out and… Do you actually wanna get in there?’
“He says: ‘I would love to fight at the office!’ I said: ‘Really?!’ And he said: ‘Yeah it’d be unbelievable, it’d be so different…’
“I think he’s right. A lot of the feedback I’m getting from fighters, 80 per cent are saying, ‘Oh please just hurry up. Stick me in.’
“And obviously you’ve got a proportion of those people that financially need to get in the ring as well.
“But I am getting a small group of fighters that are like, ‘Nah I’m alright, give me a buzz when it’s all back to normal.’
“I think the ones that are willing to go forward, you messaged me yesterday about some of the fighters you’re managing as well, they’re ready, get them in.
“You’ve got to be ready because you will get jumped, in terms of the line, in terms of the activity line, the profile line, the rankings line. This is what you do.”
Boxing news – Mike Tyson comeback ‘announced’
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has claimed he’ll welcome Mike Tyson back to the ring.
“I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike, we’re going to make it happen, it’s official, you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville,” Briggs said on Instagram.
“Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fist do the talking.”
Boxing news – Deontay Wilder step-aside claim dismissed
“Directly the contrary,” Arum told Ringside Reporter. “The Wilder people when they saw these stories made it know to us and MTK that Wilder was not amendable to step aside.
“That he wanted to fight Fury again and gain revenge. So these stories about step-aside were fantasies.”
This article was originally published on www.express.co.uk