By Elliot Foster
Eddie Hearn has indicated his intentions regarding the first defence of Anthony Joshua’s world title.
The 26-year-old stopped Charles Martin inside two rounds at the O2 Arena in London to claim the IBF heavyweight crown, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office and in front of a 20,000-strong capacity crowd.
And Hearn, who is the managing director at Joshua’s promotional company Matchroom Sport, is looking at the national stadium as a potential venue for the summer ahead of ‘AJ’s’ maiden fight as a world champion.
“This guy is the most humble sportsman you could ever meet,” Hearn exclaimed when talking to Sky Sports Box Office in the aftermath. He’s just won the heavyweight championship of the world and it looks like he’s just won a four-rounder.
“This is only the beginning. He’s got aspirations to unify the all the belts –– and he will.
“We’ve got a little something planned for probably July 9, maybe at the national stadium at Wembley, so get ready for that.
“[But] I want to thank every single person here,” Hearn added. “He [Joshua] made his debut in this arena, he won the British title in this arena, the Commonwealth title in this arena and then tonight he became the heavyweight champion of the world at the O2, so I want to thank everyone for coming out.”
The last time Wembley Stadium played host to boxing was back in May, 2014 when 80,000 people filled the place to watch Carl Froch beat George Groves by knockout.
However, that’s not strictly the issue. The issue is that on July 9, a date mentioned as a potential for the first defence of the two-time ABA champion and Olympic gold medal winner, there is another heavyweight title clash.
Universally recognised undisputed heavyweight king Tyson Fury faces Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their November clash at a venue to be determined in Manchester.
But that doesn’t seem to faze Hearn, who –– by early indications –– will press ahead with making his man very wealthy and successful in the game with an early summer defence.
“He’s going to go through everybody,” were Hearn’s parting words, “and Britain should be very proud.”