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Anthony Joshua Pulls Out Of July 18th Fight To Focus On “Major Title Fight”.

Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Heavyweight super-prospect Anthony Joshua will no longer compete on the July 18th card in Manchester, headlined by Scott Quigg vs Kiko Martinez.

According to, the Matchroom Sports managing director has stated, that Joshua will instead begin preparations for a “major title bout” to take place on September 12th, in London’s O2.

The “title” being referred to is anyone’s guess but is likely to be some form meaningless trinket, routinely tossed around by each of the four main governing bodies. The identity of the opponent however, is a far more interesting topic. quote Eddie Hearn as saying “I like the Tony Thompson fight personally”. He also told the British based website that Mariusz Wach, a former victim of Wladimir Klitschko, was under consideration for September. Other names being thrown about were, recent Deontay Wilder casualty, Eric Molina and, fellow Brit David Price. Those fights however, would have to wait until a later date, said Hearn.

Much of Hearn’s talk as of late though, has centered around building a fight between Joshua and former amateur foe Dillian Whyte. Whyte dropped and beat Joshua in the amateurs and is currently unbeaten as a professional. It is a fight that Hearn told, is “inevitable”. The all British clash is one that could be built into something big, with the men already displaying some hostility towards each other recently on social media.

Having seen the potential in domestic grudge matches when he promoted Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves last year, Hearn is keen to replicate this success with a number of his other fighters. Price and Whyte could both be big fights for Joshua in the near future. Tyson Fury or David Haye could also make for mega match-ups further down the line.

With the level of opposition being considered for Joshua in the near future it is obvious that Matchroom plan on moving the young Olympic gold medalist along at a brisk pace.

The reality is though, that if Hearn plans to match Joshua against Tony Thompson next time out, he can’t allow himself or his fighter to look too far ahead.

Just ask David Price about how calamitous an error that can be.



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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.