Hunter: I Told Hearn I'm Ready For The Challenge of Joshua

Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter (16-1, 11 KOs) feels ready for a potentially showdown with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua is scheduled to make his American debut on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He was set to face undefeated challenger Jarrell Miller, but that contest fell apart last week.


Miller failed three pre-fight drug tests - coming up positive for EPO, HGH and GW1516.

Due to those failures, the New York State Athletic Commission denied his application for a boxing license.

Hunter was quickly pegged as the frontrunner to face Joshua on the date.

He's won four fights in a row since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk in April of 2017.

After that loss he moved up to heavyweight. His two fights were knockout victories, including wins over unbeaten Martin Bakole and the much larger Alexander Ustinov.

Hunter recently signed a promotional agreement with Eddie Hearn, who also promotes Joshua. Sharing the same promoter will make things a lot easier, with the contest being only a few weeks away.

He's already been approached for the fight, but no contract has been received. Hearn is exploring other possibilities as well, like Andy Ruiz.

“I’ve heard from Eddie Hearn, but I haven’t got any papers yet,” Hunter told talkSPORT.

“He’s kinda pre-warned me, and I told him right away I was ready. I’ll definitely be up for the challenge.

“I’m a fighter art heart. This is what I do.”

Hunter is already deep in training and scheduled to fight on May 25th, as part of the Usyk vs. Carlos Takam undercard.

According to Hunter, he agreed to face Alexander Povetkin on the date - and the Russian boxer rejected the contest.

“I was offered Povetkin For May 25th. I said yes, he said no," Hunter stated.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Adamsc151 on 04-26-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19687508]Yeah, Cunningham. Fury is by far the most talented of the three, and at times it does seem like he gets bored, but Cunningham was outboxing him well until the KD, and Fury switched up his game plan. Wilder....where do…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 04-24-2019

[QUOTE=Adamsc151;19686826]Cunningham? he certainly gave the big Pikey a scare. Honestly though I think Fury's main weakness is complacency/attention span - especially when fighting someone he's "supposed" to beat. He arses around to much when he thinks it's easy. Wilder's weakness…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 04-24-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19686804]All three have their weaknesses. I believe Fury and Joshua’s to be smaller heavyweights. Hell, look who gave Fury his hardest fight.[/QUOTE] Cunningham? he certainly gave the big Pikey a scare. Honestly though I think Fury's main weakness is complacency/attention…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 04-24-2019

[QUOTE=Adamsc151;19686800]I reckon your probably right about the height thing. Out of the big 3, I'm more of a Joshua fan than of the others, but even I can see that he finds it harder to punch downwards when the shorter…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 04-24-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19686510]Boxing isn’t a modeling contest. And AJ has struggled with Povetkin and Takam, so it might be safe to say he struggles against shorter heavyweights. Not to mention he’s never dealt with someone who has Andy’s hand speed[/QUOTE] I reckon…

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