Eddie Hearn is placing his hopes in Joshua for the Joshua vs Wilder Showdown
Eddie Hearn is foreseeing an easy victory for Anthony Joshua in Joshua vs Wilder bout, drawing a parallel to Joshua’s swift defeat of former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin in 2016. Hearn’s primary aim is to arrange a fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury, indicating that he would still pursue this match even if Joshua were to lose to Wilder. This signifies that Fury represents a significant financial opportunity for both Joshua and Hearn.
It’s worth noting that Joshua was a different fighter back then – younger and more aggressive compared to his current demeanor. Over the past seven years, Joshua’s self-assurance has been eroded, and he seems unlikely to regain it. In the past, Charles Martin exhibited slow punches and signaled his intentions, allowing Joshua to anticipate his moves.
However, Wilder is distinct from Martin. He possesses rapid hand speed, formidable power, and a willingness to unleash his punches. The upcoming Joshua vs Wilder fight in Saudi Arabia promises Wilder’s aggressive approach against Joshua. Wilder’s style contrasts sharply with Martin’s cautious strategy in the past.
Hearn clarified that the Joshua vs Wilder fight is scheduled for January due to separate negotiations with each fighter, minimizing the risk of disputes and ensuring a smoother process. Wilder’s deal with Skills Challenge should facilitate an uncomplicated arrangement. Hearn remains optimistic about the fight’s outcome, believing in Joshua’s victory, and subsequently, a potential clash with Tyson Fury.
While Hearn acknowledges that the timing of the Joshua-Fury bout could shift, he remains hopeful that it will happen regardless. He envisions a scenario reminiscent of Joshua’s victory over Charles Martin, involving Joshua’s well-timed combinations.
Addressing recent concerns about Joshua’s performance against Robert Helenius, Hearn explained that Joshua had prepared for Dillian Whyte but had to adapt his strategy for a late replacement opponent. Hearn lauded Joshua’s strategic adjustments in the later rounds, emphasizing his improved boxing techniques, including better positioning and varied jab usage.
Although Joshua may not exhibit the same aggressive style as before, Hearn believes that a cautious approach is necessary, considering the potential risks. Joshua’s prior experience against Andy Ruiz demonstrated the consequences of overlooking an opponent’s power.
In terms of timing for the Joshua-Fury showdown, Hearn maintains that even if it doesn’t happen by the end of the year, he wouldn’t regret the efforts made to arrange it. Despite past challenges and potential errors, Hearn remains committed to achieving a brilliant outcome in the boxing world.