Months after the former heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua successively lost to Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk, his promoter, Eddie Hearn believes he can still bounce back to become the best boxer.
Hearn admitted that the former unified heavyweight champion has lost some of his box office appeals following his defeat to Usyk.
Anthony Joshua, 33, is a two-time unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles twice between 2016 and 2021.
In the words of Hearn, Anthony Joshua is still suffering from the consequences of his back-to-back defeats to Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk.
But Hearn hopes that as his ring returns, it will be a road back to world title contention, on April 1, in a must-win showdown against Jermaine Franklin at the O2.
Despite Joshua previously having sold out stadiums at Wembley and Tottenham, there are still thousands of tickets unsold at the 20,000 East London arena.
And his Matchroom promoter Hearn feels that the successive losses to Usyk have had an impact on Joshua commercially according to the Punch.
He told ESBR Boxing, “He’s coming off two defeats, so of course you’re not going to be the same size commercially as you were when you beat Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000.
“But he’s a great fighter, he’s one of the best heavyweights in the world. I feel like he can still be the best heavyweight in the world.”