Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua's new fight: I don't want him to be sad
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Anthony Joshua will hold a match against Jermaine Franklin on April 1 in London's 02 Arena. Although many believe that Joshua will have an easy job and quickly solve this match, his promoter Eddie Hearn calls for caution and believes that this will be a very difficult match.
“I’m a promoter, I’m hyping the fight, but I am nervous. We saw the emotion after the last fight [when Joshua gave a frustrated monologue in the ring]."- he said, as quoted by independent.co.uk
Eddie Hearn and his support
Hearn is a huge support for Joshua, who lately doesn't look like the boxer he used to be.
This will be a great chance for him to regain his form. “Sometimes the reason I speak so passionately about people is because I like them and I believe in them. I take it very personally when AJ gets criticised, because the resume, the willingness to make fights...
Of course his star has fallen, but he’s a man who in my opinion is an elite heavyweight – top-three heavyweight in the world – and I’m sorry if that’s such a crime. He makes more sacrifices and commitments than any athlete I’ve seen, and he’s my mate.
I’m so pumped for his return. I want him to go in there, I want him to enjoy life, I don’t want him to be sad”. Hearn believes that this will be a very important moment for him in which he will have to show his best if he wants to win.
"People are saying this will be an easy match for Anthony Joshua, but this is not an easy match at all. Let's look at the facts. Joshua is coming off two losses to Oleksandr Usyk, and you saw his (Joshua's) emotional side after his last performance.
Franklin is full of confidence after his fight against Dillian Whyte and suddenly looks nine kilos lighter than before. This is a very important moment for Joshua's career."