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Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot

Anthony Joshua is desperate to showcase different skills in order to build his legacy and says it is unrealistic to believe he will blast his way past every opponent.

The unbeaten Briton has a reputation as a powerful knockout specialist with just three of his 19 professional opponents lasting beyond three rounds and none going the distance.

Joshua was preparing to face Kubrat Pulev for his first fight since his dramatic 11th-round stoppage of the great Wladimir Klitschko in April, but a shoulder injury saw the Bulgarian pull out this week and Carlos Takam step in to take the heavyweight bout on October 28 in Cardiff.

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Takam is shorter and not as rangy as Pulev, but Joshua wants to prove that he is capable of adapting to different situations in the ring.

Joshua's explosive power and brutal knockouts have earned the heavyweight champion hordes of fans, but the Briton insists that style will not work against every opponent.

Joshua's late change of opponent was apparently a brief cause of panic for his usually laid back trainer Rob McCracken.

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom admits McCracken was not best pleased about the situation, but says his experience will prove crucial.

"Rob wasn't happy," Hearn said. "Rob said 'this is a complete disaster! We had prepared for a 6'4'' rangy fighter now we've got a 6'1'' little machine'.

"Rob has seen a lot, and this is where his experience comes in."

Next year, Hearn wants Joshua to fight at least three times with two of those fights being unifications.

The biggest fight for Joshua is a unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. (38-0, 37 KOs), who faces Bermane Stiverne on November 4.

But Hearn believes that fight could use a little more sizzle, which is why he wants Wilder to face Dillian Whyte and the winner gets Joshua. Whyte fights Robert Helenius for the WBC silver belt on the Joshua-Takam undercard.

"I think the Wilder fight is one for next summer. I’d like [Wilder] to fight Dillian Whyte. I mean I’ve talked to [Wilder's] guys again today - and the winner fights Josh. [WBO champion Joseph] Parker is a fight we could look at in February or March. But you know we’ve got a WBA mandatory, potentially... I don’t know," Hearn told BoxingScene.com's Declan Taylor.

"But I think the main aim is to fight three times next year, and I’d like two of those [fights] to be for additional belts. It doesn’t always work out like that, but the aim is to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pan-Africanist on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=ashadam;18148948]In most cases I would agree but he is earning good money from most areas at the moment, boxing in big stadiums with massive crowds. This will not happen in the US the maximum stadium would be 20k but no…

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=BluDivision;18148476]Stiverne literally was the WBC World champion.... Wilder took his strap off of him. Not a vacant title. Meanwhile Whyte hasn't even became European champion! That's the difference. Stiverne > Whyte[/QUOTE] Lol Stiverne who's best win is against Areola and…

Comment by ashadam on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=Pan-Africanist;18147616]He will plateau in the UK at some point. It is a small island. The US is an untapped market and bypassing it would be leaving money on the table.[/QUOTE] In most cases I would agree but he is earning…

Comment by Deus on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18148678]In addition, Wilder's punches are a lot straighter than Joshua's too. Where as Anthony's punches tend to be a lot wider. Now tell me who'll get their punches off first if the two were to ever square up and exchange…

Comment by sotgoda on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;18148111]He did. That was his 19th professional fight; irrelevant of whether Wlad was coming off a break and a loss that is still a very experienced and very dangerous fighter to take on for a 19 fight 'rookie'. For comparisons…

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