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EBU Shoots Down Hearn's Plan For Joshua Title Shot

The EBU have shot down promoter Eddie Hearn's championship plan for Olympic gold medal winner Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15KOs), according to information provided to BoxingScene.com.

As previously reported, Hearn discussed his interest in matching Joshua against the winner of Saturday's fight in Helsinki between Robert Helenius and Franz Rill, who battle for the vacant EBU heavyweight title.

The EBU has made it clear that the Helenius-Rill winner will NOT be allowed a voluntary defense. The winner will have to face former champion Erkan Teper within three months. Teper was originally scheduled to face Helenius on Saturday, but withdrew with injury.

Once that is in the books, the EBU set down Dereck Chisora as the following mandatory challenger for the title - and once again there will be NO voluntary defenses allowed between the two mandatory obligations.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 12-17-2015

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;16330645]I still don't understand why AJ's not fighting until April, surely the BBBofC would allow him a voluntary defence, which would of course add a notch to the Lonsdale belt & keep him active.[/QUOTE] He's a PPV fighter now.…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 12-17-2015

I still don't understand why AJ's not fighting until April, surely the BBBofC would allow him a voluntary defence, which would of course add a notch to the Lonsdale belt & keep him active.

Comment by Box-Office on 12-17-2015

I think he should fight Teper next. He is not talented, but comes forward, hustles hard and gives it his all. He would certainly test Joshua's resolve.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 12-17-2015

Well damn that sucks. I still say they should aim for Chisora in April than Teper (assuming he wins the EBU back or w/e is going on) for the IBF mandatory than fight Haye & end the year or start…

Comment by Urtain on 12-17-2015

[QUOTE=-Weltschmerz-;16328977]Why not have Josh and Chisora batlle it out then and have the winner face the EBU champ.[/QUOTE] This. If Chisora faces the winner of Helenius/Rill/Teper, and he loses (which I consider it can happen), he would lose one of…

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