Eddie Hearn 🗣️
Anthony Joshua told promoter Eddie Hearn that he had no interest in fighting Francis Ngannou when the pair discussed the opportunity of a big-money crossover.
Hearn has explained that Joshua expressed zero interest in taking on the lineal UFC heavyweight champion, despite knowing the major money that could be earned. When they discussed the possibility, the promoter claims that it was not even on his fighter’s radar, which is covered completely by his path back to heavyweight gold.
In a prickly interview with talkSPORT, Hearn told host Jim White that Joshua said during their discussions that he has “Absolutely no interest at all,” in the fight, before adding: “I want to become heavyweight world champion again, I’ve got no interest in fighting Francis Ngannou.”
“Francis Ngannou came to me, we had a very nice meeting and he’s got a great story,” Hearn added. “He came to me because he wanted to fight Anthony Joshua. I went straight to AJ, I’ve said ‘look it’s a bit of a left-field one’ and don’t forget Anthony Joshua is not a world champion and didn’t have a shot at the world championship.
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