It’s still uncertain as to whom newly re-crowned Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua will fight next? And, he definitely is in a quandary where he could end up being stripped of one of his titles. However, it appears he may have the site decided for his next bout.
The London Express reported online Friday night that the once-beaten pride of the U.K. Joshua, who just regained his championship with a 12-round decision over American Andy Ruiz in December, and his promoter Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn have apparently settled on Tottenham Hotspur Stadium just North of London for the first title defense of his second reign as champion.
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Now, the question becomes: who will that fight be against?
Hearn and the management team for WBO number one Contender Olexandr Usyk met on Thursday as that organization has already ordered Joshua, 23-1, 21 KOs, to fight Usyk next.
However, as we wrote previously, it is believed that Hearn and Joshua would rather fight a 38 year old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who is ranked number one by the IBF. And, Joshua has likewise been ordered to fight him next by that organization.
Hearn expressed frustration to the paper about the dispute over which mandatory challenger Joshua has to face while risking being stripped by the other,
“Guys, who’s f***ing next? ‘Well we are. No, we are.’ What are you gonna do, are you just gonna fragment the belts with a lack of common sense?
“There has to be some kind of rotation system that tells you who is next. You’ve got to encourage people to unify and to become undisputed.”
Further, Hearn has also been in discussions with Usyk, the former Olympic Gold Medalist and 17-0, Cruiserweight Undisputed Champ, and his team about a lucrative contender fight with England’s Dereck Chisora for a date in late February or March.
Part of the scenario would be that Usyk would be compensated by Hearn/Matchroom for delaying and then, be guaranteed to be next in line to fight Joshua later in the summer or early fall, should he be victorious in his second fight as a heavyweight.
As for the site, Tottenham just re-opened in May of last year after a billion dollar renovation for the legendary home of the English Premier League soccer team. And, it has a multi-year deal to host at least two American National Football League games, annually.