With Anthony Joshua once again reigning as a unified heavyweight champion, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says the offers are already pouring in to host Joshua’s next outing. Hearn says Joshua is mostly likely to make his return in April, and he’s currently sorting through big money offers from countries that would like to play host.
“It’s a very tough decision because there’s six countries that are interested in staging his next fight,” said Hearn. “We’re at a stage where it’s very difficult to go backwards financially, in any job, especially for a fighter. The place where he would earn the least amount of money is in the UK.
”But it’s probably his preferential choice in terms of all things being equal -- where would you rather go? 100 percent, back to the UK.”
As far as opponents go, that’s currently being sorted out as well, but it’s already known that Joshua will have some mandatories to deal with. Most accounts suggest that he’ll have to defend his IBF title first, which would make Kubrat Pulev the front-runner to get the next shot at Joshua.
Of course the fights fans would probably most like to see are Joshua against either Deontay WIlder or Tyson Fury, but with those two lined up to rematch in February that isn’t a viable option in the short term. Hearn also mentions that he’s not going to focus on either of those two fighters as the last time they did so, it ‘slowed’ Joshua up. Hearn says at this point they’ll just be focused on handling their own business, and if Joshua intends to keep all of his world title belts that in and of itself should keep him pretty busy through 2020.