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Hearn Clarifies The U.S. Network Status of Anthony Joshua

By Steve Kim

Matchroom Sports recently announced the signing of middleweight contender, Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs), which also included a multi-fight deal with HBO Sports.

As you look at the upcoming schedule on the network, it is dotted with fighters who are associated with the company headed by Eddie Hearn.

Their biggest client - literally and figuratively - is IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, who's last four bouts have been televised by Showtime.

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Joshua's last fight, an April TKO win over Wladimir Klitschko, was carried by Showtime and their network rival, HBO, which had Klitschko under an exclusive contract. An agreement was worked out between the networks where Showtime televised the live edition from Wembley in London and then HBO showcased the delayed version later that night.

When asked about the status of Joshua moving forward, Hearn explained to BoxingScene.com during a recent interview from the Forum in Inglewood, California - "We've got a situation obviously the next fight is with Showtime and they they have options on him for one fight after that. They've invested a lot into Anthony Joshua so that's not our plans to go anywhere at the moment."

On October 28th in Cardiff, Joshua defends his title against Kubrat Pulev. Joshua, in less than twenty fights (19-0/19 KO's) is one of the game's hugest attractions. A record breaking 90,000 fans packed Wembley to watch the fight with Klitschko, and over 70,000 are expected for the defense against Pulev.

"Of course, everyone wants Anthony Joshua, all the networks, so who knows," continued Hearn, who on Saturday night saw his man, Luke Campbell lose a close split decision against WBA lightweight titlist, Jorge Linares over the weekend. "For now, we're committed to Showtime with Anthony and next stop October 28th with Pulev."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BWC on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;18091314]Lmao I knew who wrote this article before I even read it.[/QUOTE] Steve Kim up there with Fat Dan as the biggest Haymon haters, HBO shills in the business. His first question no doubt was, "when is Joshua going to…

Comment by My Low Place on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing42;18091315]Just sit back and enjoy the ride man, there's nothing we can do about it unless you actually get involved in the business. Every sport is like this tho but only the hardcore fans can point it out[/QUOTE] check my…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Pandur;18091750]The only two things I disagree with is 1: HBO has The bigger wallet and would 100 % outbid Showtime to get Joshua, of they really wanted. And no. 2: There is no way UFC goes to HBO. Premium cable?…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18091669]You say that HBO is in 25% more homes like that helps Showtime at all. Why wouldn't Joshua want to fight on a network that draws higher ratings and is available in more homes? As to your PPV point, you're…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-27-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18091669]You say that HBO is in 25% more homes like that helps Showtime at all. Why wouldn't Joshua want to fight on a network that draws higher ratings and is available in more homes? As to your PPV point, you're…

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