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Joshua's Must Fight List Wilder and Fury Showdowns in 2024

Prominent boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has made it clear that Anthony Joshua’s career must include bouts against Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury before retirement, and he believes these matchups could materialize in 2024.

While Joshua, a two-time heavyweight world champion, boasts an impressive list of opponents, the highly anticipated clashes with Wilder and Fury have yet to come to fruition. Negotiations have occurred for both fights, but for various reasons, they have remained elusive.

A proposed deal that would have seen Joshua facing Wilder in Saudi Arabia in January ultimately fell through, implying that Joshua may take on another opponent before finally confronting the Bronze Bomber.

Hearn shared his perspective with talkSPORT, stating, “We have considered fighters like Zhilei Zhang before, and if there’s an offer to make that fight in Beijing or in the UK, it seems like a reasonable option. Additionally, there are fighters we’ve previously discussed, such as Filip Hergovich and Otto Wallin. The IBF is quite active right now, and AJ could potentially vie for a world title shot in the New Year.”

He also mentioned Agit Kabayel and acknowledged that while it might not be a mega-fight, Joshua is open to it. The goal is to keep Joshua active and in the ring while awaiting the mega-fights with Wilder and Fury.

Hearn stressed that Joshua must face Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury next year as part of the plan. The key point is that Joshua won’t remain inactive like some other fighters in the division. While emphasizing the importance of staying active, Hearn pointed out that some fighters, including Wilder and Andy Ruiz, have been fighting infrequently.

Ultimately, what Joshua, the public, and Hearn desire are the biggest fights available. Joshua has faced almost every top heavyweight contender except Wilder and Fury, and securing those bouts is of paramount importance.

In summary, Hearn’s focus is clear: Joshua needs to have the Wilder and Fury fights in 2024 to complete his legacy in the heavyweight division.

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