London To Stage British Superstar’s Comeback As Anthony Joshua Next Fight Announcement Imminent
Promoter Eddie Hearn exclusively told International Boxing News that former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight would take place at London’s 18,000-capacity O2 Arena.
Hearn has previously told reporters that Joshua’s next fight is slated for the end of March/Early April likely placing it on either March 25 or April 1.
No opponent has been confirmed yet but Hearn has stated that Zhilei Zhang, Otto Wallin, Dillian Whyte, and Jermaine Franklin are all in the mix to face Joshua.
Although with the fight taking place at the O2 and not a stadium, it is unlikely to be Whyte. Zhang and Wallin are also in consideration to face Joe Joyce next.
Hearn wants Joshua to box three times in 2023 with Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder being a part of that year. In recent weeks, there have been positive discussions between the British promoter and Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel about a potential AJ-Wilder fight. However, there is a common belief that Wilder will face Ruiz next.
If we are to believe those plans then it is likely that Joshua faces a top 15 heavyweight at the end of March/early April and then goes into a Dillian Whyte stadium fight in the summer before finishing the year with Wilder, should Anthony Joshua box three times in 2023 – something which most fans won’t believe until they see it.
AJ’s opponent will also very must rest on the hands of his training team. A team that has yet to be decided with him working with various American-based trainers in the last week including legendary coaches Virgil Hunter and Derrick James
Anthony Joshua told Sporting News last month that he wants to be a “free spirit”.
“You know, I locked myself down for 11 years with one coach, and now I just feel like I just want to learn as much as possible. I feel I’m in a position where I’m able to work with anyone. So, yeah, who knows what will happen next year.”
Where Will Anthony Joshua’s fight take place?
London’s 18,000-capacity O2 Arena