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Saudi's Wants an Easy Fight for Joshua on August 12

In a recent conversation with The DAZN Boxing Show, Eddie Hearn shared that during negotiations with Saudi Arabian officials, they urged for an “Easy Fight” for Anthony Joshua on August 12, rather than facing his persistent adversary, Dillian Whyte.

Talks between Hearn and Saudi Arabia concerning an anticipated bout between Joshua and Deontay Wilder, potentially scheduled for December, were laced with the condition that Joshua’s next contender should not pose a significant risk to disrupt the plans for what could be one of the most high-profile boxing matches.

Though Hearn acknowledged Joshua’s interest in a rematch with Whyte, he also expressed cognizance of the significant implications should Joshua fail to win at the rematch in London’s O2 Arena.

Hearn said: “He wants to fight Dillian Whyte…but just to let you know if you lose this fight, you see this offer [to fight Deontay Wilder]? If you lose this fight, it’s off the table,” Hearn said.

“That made my bum go a little bit, but for AJ he’s like ‘No, I need to be beating people like Dillian Whyte to prepare myself for Deontay Wilder.’ and I like that attitude.”

Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have a long-standing fighting history that dates back to their amateur boxing days. In a surprising victory in 2009, Whyte managed to defeat Joshua, thus setting the stage for their intense rivalry.

Several years later, in 2015, they crossed paths again, this time in the professional boxing circuit. They competed for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, where Joshua successfully avenged his previous defeat. The match concluded with Joshua’s decisive victory in the seventh round, marking a key moment in their professional rivalry.

Now, once again, Joshua and Whyte find themselves on a collision course set for August 12. This isn’t just another match, but rather a pivotal juncture for both fighters’ future prospects within the heavyweight division. Their shared history fuels the anticipation of the match, as audiences eagerly wait to see if Joshua will solidify his reign or if Whyte will reclaim his past glory.

This upcoming match holds much more than just titles at stake. For Joshua, it’s a chance to further distance himself from that initial upset, and for Whyte, it’s an opportunity to prove that his early victory wasn’t a fluke. As they both look to secure their respective futures in the heavyweight division, the boxing world watches in anticipation of what’s expected to be a thrilling chapter in this long-lasting rivalry.

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