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‘That would be dangerous’ – Eddie Hearn policies out Anthony Joshua vs Joe Joyce adhering to KO defeat to Zhilei Zhang


Sep 24, 2023
‘That would be dangerous’ - Eddie Hearn rules out Anthony Joshua vs Joe Joyce following KO defeat to Zhilei Zhang


Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to see Joe Joyce box again – even if it signifies he makes funds providing a struggle with Anthony Joshua.

‘The Juggernaut’ suffered his 2nd successive stoppage defeat at the arms of Chinese heavyweight Zhilei Zhang in London on Saturday night time.

Joyce was left face down on the floor in round three


Joyce was still left face down on the ground in spherical a fewCredit score: Getty

In April, their initially clash was waved off in spherical 6 when Joyce’s eye swelled shut, but in the rematch, he was counted out following getting heavily dropped in the third frame.

Hearn, who predicted Joyce would be stopped inside of 6 rounds pre-struggle, thinks it is time for him to contact it a job simply because his chin has deteriorated.

“He’s 38? He’s taken a substantial total of punishment in sparring, in fights,” the boxing promoter reported in an job interview with IFL after Conor Benn’s comeback fight in Florida.  

“His best asset was his capacity to take punches and stroll via them – he cannot do it any longer. Zhilei Zhang is a good fighter, he’s not an elite heavyweight, in my viewpoint, but he’s a globe-class heavyweight.”

Hearn has everyone laughing with response to Benn speaking to opponent in fluent Spanish
Eddie Hearn wants Conor Benn v Chris Eubank Jr at Wembley or Cardiff in December

Joshua’s proper-hand person was then asked about the chance of reserving a domestic dust-up among the former two-time environment champion and Joyce.

Hearn included: “No, that would be harmful.

“Honestly, he should not be boxing. He’s experienced a fantastic occupation, he should’ve been Olympic winner, he gained the interim planet heavyweight title and I’m confident he’s designed a great deal of funds as nicely.

“AJ punches as challenging as Zhang with a lot extra speed. It is not the suitable battle to make, you have to defend these fellas. It’s a auto crash that combat. A car crash.”

Hearn wants to protect Joyce from Joshua


Hearn desires to secure Joyce from JoshuaCredit history: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
The boxing promoter thinks AJ vs Zhang makes more sense


The boxing promoter thinks AJ vs Zhang helps make additional senseCredit score: Getty

The 44-12 months-old is additional interested in generating a bout between Joshua and Zhang if talks with previous WBC heavyweight winner Deontay Wilder do not achieve a beneficial summary quickly.

AJ famously beat Zhang on his way to proclaiming Olympic gold in 2012 and the Matchroom Sports activities chairman is enthusiastic about the pair possibly rematching in China or London.

“Definitely,” Hearn insisted when questioned about the prospect of Joshua battling Zhang again.

“AJ has generally fancied that fight. He defeat him in the amateurs, it was a fantastic combat. Of study course, [we’d do it in China]. Money talks, we can do it at Wembley [Stadium].

“We want to make the Wilder combat. I assume Zhang is an much easier struggle, it’s nevertheless harmful, but why not?”

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