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Joshua To Make First Defense on July 9, Maybe at Wembley

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.

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“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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vinnykin on 04-10-2016

**** Hearn! After hearing this I subscribed to Boxnation so I'm set-up to watch Fury/Klitschko 2. Sky are trying to embarrass Boxnation and Fury by pushing their golden boy over the real HW champion! Their line-up for the next few…

Comment by NEETzsche on 04-10-2016

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;16599064]Most of the pubs round my way that show boxing have boxnation and Sky... I doubt they will pay for Joshua PPV over just putting the Fury vs Wlad fight on Lots of people watch boxing in pubs This…

Comment by Tom Cruise on 04-10-2016

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;16598932]to be honest i think boxnation is such a marginal channel that it would barely make a dent on sky's viewing figures. the only people who would see the fury fight are the people already subscribed to boxnation it's just…

Comment by NEETzsche on 04-10-2016

[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;16598907]Joshua is the bigger draw, but it still doesn't make business sense to go head to head with it as you're splitting the audience and limiting your potential revenue. I think Hearn was just on the wind up, he…

Comment by fredhopple on 04-10-2016

Joshua might be the best looking boxing prospect in 50 years. Chuck Martin might be the worst. Chuck was a disgrace to America and to boxing. Chuck Martin should be driving a fork lift or sweeping a back room or…

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