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Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua will beat everyone: “I’m so confident he beats Deontay Wilder”

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After consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, many believed Anthony Joshua‘s decline was in full swing. A unanimous decision win over Jermaine Franklin wasn’t convincing enough for boxing purists, but Joshua’s explosive knockout of Robert Helenius over the weekend has raised peoples’ eyebrows.

Matchroom Boxing chairman Eddie Hearn has always had Joshua’s back, although he has let some doubt creep in over the past few years. But now, Hearn is squarely back on the Joshua bandwagon.

Speaking to Boxing Social, Hearn had this to say about the potential bout between Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

I think if he can be a little bit more aggressive with the style that he’s adopted, with the way he’s improved his feet, his movement, his defence, his distance – I think he’s gonna be, it’s difficult to say unbeatable, but I think he beats everyone. I’m so confident he beats Deontay Wilder.

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It’s Wilder or bust

Hearn mentioned it’s “our intention to fight Deontay Wilder next” and that there’s no other opponent that Matchroom are looking at for Joshua. If it doesn’t materialize, Joshua will fight someone else in December.

Wilder also knocked out Helenius in his last fight in October of 2022. Wilder had come off of two straight losses to Tyson Fury. He’ll turn 38 in two months, so this could be the American’s last shot at a mega-fight.

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