Eddie Hearn says no plans to have Anthony Joshua fight on HBO after recent deal with network
September 27, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

Eddie Hearn says no plans to have Anthony Joshua fight on HBO after recent deal with network

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA — Matchroom head, Eddie Hearn, recently announced plans to branch into the U.S. market after signing former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, and striking a television deal with HBO.

Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) is arguably the second biggest draw in the sport behind Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and recently captured the WBA and IBO heavyweight world titles in an epic clash with Wladimir Klitschko back in April. The 27-year-old from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, has fought his last several bouts on the Showtime network, but questions have been lingering since Matchroom Boxing (who promotes Joshua) announced a deal with HBO in the States.

“Of course, everyone wants Anthony Joshua, all the networks, so who knows,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com. “For now, we’re committed to Showtime with Anthony and next stop October 28th with Pulev.”

Hearn, who is essentially the most prominent boxing promoter in the United Kingdom, said that Showtime currently has a deal in place for Joshua’s next two bouts. The former Olympic gold medalist (Joshua) steps into the ring again on October 28, against Kubrat Pulev. With Jacobs making the jump over to HBO, Joshua, after his next two bouts, likely will receive an offer from HBO to broadcast his future fights. With the recent retirement of Klitschko, who had a majority of his bouts televised through HBO, the network is now in position to add other fighters like Joshua. Additionally, HBO might have more room to add after Bob Arum’s Top Rank recently moved their fighters over to the ESPN platform.

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