Hearn lists three biggest boxing bout that doesn’t include Fury vs AJ
Hearn hopeful for Joshua v Fury bout early in 2022
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Eddie Hearn believes that Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder, Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr and Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia are the three biggest boxing fights in the world right now. From a British perspective, the long-awaited grudge match between AJ and Tyson Fury is among the most desired but Hearn sees the Wilder clash as a greater spectacle.
During a media scrum ahead of Mauricio Lara vs Jose Sanmartin this weekend, he said: “Joshua vs Fury is always a huge fight, but Joshua vs Wilder may be a bigger fight. It’s so exciting that fight for the heavyweight division and I believe you’ll see that in 2023. Spence vs Crawford is the one that looks like it’s never going to happen and it’s sad for boxing.
“Tank against Ryan Garcia I think it’s a massive fight, there’s three there. I mean you’ve got Estrada vs Chocolatito III coming up, another huge fight. But I think Joshua vs Wilder, Spence vs Crawford, and Tank against Ryan Garcia.
“[Fury vs Joshua] yeah it’s a big fight and it may be bigger than Wilder but from a global and American perspective, style-wise everything, it’s the kind of fight you watch like this (covers eyes) and that’s what heavyweight boxing is all about.”
Talks of Joshua vs Wilder have been reigniting recently after so many failed attempts in the past. Wilder is expected to face Andy Ruiz Jr next in a WBC final eliminator bout while Joshua is due to have ‘two quick fights’ against ‘credible top 15 opponents’.
The Watford powerhouse was originally set to return to the ring on December 17 at Wembley Arena, but it is understood that those plans will be delayed until early 2023. Providing both men win their next few fights, a showdown could take place at the end of next year.
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Crawford vs Spence Jr hit another stumbling block recently after it was confirmed that Crawford has signed a contract to face David Avanesyan on December 10. The Spence fight was originally being targeted for November 12 or 19 but is now reportedly looking more likely to take place in February 2023.
Davis vs Garcia on the other hand is looking more positive. According to Showtime Boxing president Stephen Espinoza, the fight is very close to being finalized. The main issue that needs to be ironed out before a date can be set is the television situation with Garcia’s fights being streamed on DAZN and Davis’ on Showtime.
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