As the rumors of Anthony Joshua being offered 15 million to step aside from fighting Oleksandr increases, Eddie Hearn says there is no confirmed deal
Anthony Joshua faced Oleksandr Usyk last September in London and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
The loss cost AJ his WBA (super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles. After that AJ was all set to fight Usyk again in a rematch, this fight was most probably going to take place in 2022.
But things changed after Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder via KO in October. After that many fans and promoters started getting excited over the potential unification match-up between Fury and Usyk. For this to happen, AJ will have to step down from his rematch bout so that it will allow the unification bout.
As the anticipation increased there was a report that suggested that AJ has been offered a massive 15 million compensation fee for stepping aside for the Fury vs Usyk fight.
While responding to the reports, Joshua himself posted a video on his Twitter. In the video, AJ confirmed that he hasn’t seen or signed any contract and that accepting 15 million is nonsense. The fighter explained that he is a smart individual and makes his own calculated decisions.
“I ain’t see no contract. So, as it stands, stop listening to bull**** until it comes from me. I’m the man in control of my destiny. ” Said, Joshua.
Eddie Hearn Anthony Joshua’s manager address the 15 million offers
Recently, Michael Benson tweeted, Eddie Hearn revealed that it is true that a step-aside has been made to Anthony Joshua so that it will pave the way for the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight. But the rumors about AJ being offered 15 million for accepting the offer are completely false.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that a step-aside offer has been made to Anthony Joshua to allow Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. However, he insisted the reported £15million fee is wrong and said: "There is definitely no deal done… Long way to go in terms of detail." [@DAZNBoxing Show]— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 26, 2022
Joshua’s manager, Hearn explained the deal is in the process of completing but there is nothing sure. It is going to take a long time as there are plenty of things to discuss in detail. “There is definitely no-deal…long way to go in terms of detail,” said Hearn.