Hearn shops for Joshua’s next fighter after Klitschko retirement

By Daily Sports on August 4, 2017

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Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn sounded bummed out on Thursday in talking about Wladimir Klitschko’s decision to retire from boxing instead of continuing on for one last fight against Joshua.

Having to fight Pulev instead of Klitschko is a huge buzz-kill for the 27-year-old Joshua. He doesn’t get a chance to show that he’s a better fighter than the one that was decked by Wladimir last April.

Hearn was counting on the 41-year-old Klitschko in giving Joshua a rematch, which he had planned on staging in Las Vegas, Nevada in November.

IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) is the next guy on the agenda for Joshua. Hearn wants to get that fight out of the way.

“When the IBF cleared the Klitschko rematch it was under the proviso that if it’s not Klitschko it must be Pulev, so we’ve already got talks in place with Kalle Sauerland,” said Hearn to Sky Sports News.

Pulev, 36, earned the title shot against Joshua by beating Dereck Chisora by a 12 round split decision last year on May 7, 2016. Pulev has been waiting ever since for his mandatory title shot. He’s kept busy recently, beating journeyman Samuel Peter and Kevin Johnson in his last two fights.

•Photo shows Anthony Joshua.

Source Daily Sports

Posted August 4, 2017

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