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Boxing News of Tuesday, 23 August 2022


Hearn rules out Joshua retirement rumours

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British boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn has ruled out rumours trailing Anthony Joshua's imminent retirement following his rematch defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last Saturday, August 20.

The two-time heavyweight champion, Joshua failed in his bid to reclaim his lost belt as he lost to the 35-year-old Ukrainian for a second time at the King Abdullah Sports Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Joshua lost via split decision after twelve breath-taking rounds of boxing as the judges' scorecards read 115-113 and 116-112 for Usyk and 115-113 for Joshua.

Many hinted prior to the bout that Anthony Joshua could consider retirement if he lost again to Usyk.

Joshua's promoter, Hearn has however debunked such rumours stating that there are many great fights in store for the 32-year-old British-born Nigerian.

“People talked in the build-up about him retiring,” Hearn told talkSPORT on Sunday.

“People talked in the build-up about him retiring,” Hearn said.

“When you lose a split decision to the pound-for-pound number one, why would you contemplate retirement?

“It’s about passion. It’s about if you still want it. You could see how much he wanted it by his post-fight interview.”

He hinted Deontay Wilder and AJ's long-time rival Dillian Whyte as the two likely opponents.

“I’d like to see him back out. Maybe even in late December,” Hearn added.

“There’s massive fights for him. Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder.

“There’s so many fights for him in the top (10). There’s even some Brits for him that are coming through in a couple of fights as well.

“We’ve just got to see what he wants to do. It’s going to be a tough, tough defeat to take but he’ll be back.”