Eddie Hearn cool on AJ’s Fight Camp plea

Anthony Joshua wants to get back into the ring as soon as possible and would even do it in Eddie Hearn’s back garden Fight Camp – but the promoter himself isn’t a fan of the idea.

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing have hatched a spectacular plan to get back into action after the COVID-19 lockdown with a 28-day Fight Camp in the grounds of their palatial headquarters in Essex.

Four weekends of fights would potentially include marquee matchups such as heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte boxing former world title challenger Alexander Povetkin.

And Hearn, speaking to IFL TV, revealed that even IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight king Joshua would love to be involved.

“Ninety per cent of fighters are ready to go. They want to carry on their career. I was talking AJ, AJ wants to fight here at Fight Camp,” said Hearn.

“I don’t think that’s necessarily be an option. But he wants to fight. This is what he does, I want to go back to the office, I want to go back to work. That’s what I do. I’m sure fighters would prefer to fight in front of live crowds, of course you would.

“That’s not going to be an option in the interim and may not even be an option until next year. So, be a pro, get prepared and get a fight in the bank.”

Joshua had been due to face Bulgarian mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, but that date was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Now Matchroom and Pulev’s team are trying to find a venue where the fight can be held – ideally – with spectators – later this year. Already mentioned as possibles are Saudi Arabia and the Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia.

Awaiting AJ if he can deal with Pulev is the likelihood of one and possibly two unification fights with fellow Briton Tyson Fury in 2021.