Anthony Joshua wants to get back to fighting twice a year, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Matchroom Boxing head indicated recently that the plan is for Joshua to fight again before the end of the year, possibly in December, regardless of the outcome of Joshua’s upcoming heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this month.
The 32-year-old Joshua will look to reclaim his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles from Ukraine’s Usyk on Aug. 20 at Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua has been effectively a twice a year fighter going back to 2018, but he has only fought once a year for the past two years largely due to the pandemic, and Hearn is eager to get his star charge on a more active schedule.
“I think, you know, it’s an August fight (Usyk),” Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “We really want to get active with AJ. I think he’s struggled with activity mainly through the pandemic but also because of the size of his shows. He wants to--win, lose, or draw--fight in December.”
Hearn has some big names on his mind for Joshua’s next fight. The promoter said he favors Joshua fighting WBC titlist Tyson Fury by the end of the year. Fury, who is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Dillian Whyte in April, has been cryptic about his career in the past several months, claiming, in one instance, that he is retired, and, in another, that he would return only with the promise of a significant purse.
“Obviously, we’re going for the win (against Usyk) and I believe he is going to be victorious and if so we’d look straight for the Tyson Fury fight for undisputed,” Hearn said. “It’s the biggest fight out there in boxing, the biggest fight of all time. The key for AJ is activity, for sure.”
“I believe actually that AJ-Fury will happen regardless of August 20th,” Hearn continued. “Like I said, if and when AJ wins, that fight is the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Not just in our generation—the history of the sport.
'And Tyson’s brilliant—jokes aside. He’s a character, he’s a great fighter, he’s funny, what he’s come back from is incredible, I give him all the respect in the world. I just take what he says with a pinch of salt.”