News | Mar 26 2018

EXCLUSIVE Eddie Hearn hopeful Anthony Joshua will extend Matchroom deal

Eddie Hearn tells John Dennen he plans to start talks for the Deontay Wilder fight immediately after Anthony Joshua versus Joseph Parker
Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua Media Session  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ANTHONY JOSHUA has the most sought after signature in the sport. He is the most famous star in British boxing, by far, and one of the most marketable athletes in the world. His promoter Eddie Hearn is understandably eager to extend his deal with Joshua, which expires in two fights’ time.

“He said a lot of stuff [in the media that] he’s staying 100% and I believe he will,” Hearn told Boxing News. “We’ve got a couple of fights left in the deal and I expect that to be extended very soon. We work very well together, we always have done. I’ve had him from the debut. I don’t expect him to be going anywhere.”

Hearn’s Matchroom promotional outfit has already co-promoted one event with Joshua. “There’ll be more of them. There’s lots that we do behind the scenes that probably people don’t see. We work together on a lot of projects. It’s not just about Anthony in the ring, it’s about setting him up for his career after boxing as well,” Hearn said. “We work together as a team. If someone comes up and says there’s this deal in America we could look at, well we’ll talk to anybody. But Anthony’s about ownership. He’s about making 100 percent his own decision, with the advice of others. He’s not about being told who he’s fighting, what he’s wearing, what sponsors he can have, who he’s got to fight, where he’s got to fight. So he likes to take complete control of his own career and that’s why he will only work with specific people and he will only trust specific people.”

 

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