EDDIE HEARN plans to build “marquee nights” around heavyweight star Anthony Joshua following his wildly successful Box Office bonanza with Dillian Whyte at the O2 on December 12.
The promoter insists he was not concerned when Joshua wobbled in the second round but accepted the contender still has a lot to learn. The Olympic champion recovered from a massive Whyte left hook, and steadily broke down his rival before knocking him out in the seventh. Hearn still believes Joshua – whom he likens to “gold dust” – is the best heavyweight on the planet, but there are no immediate plans to fast-track the star to a world title shot.
“We’re driven by the team’s decision, and I’m part of that team, but the training team are overseeing his development,” Hearn told Boxing News when asked if Joshua’s harder than expected outing with Whyte had altered his plans for the 15-0 (15) giant.