By Mark Elezaj
According to Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s next opponent could be announced as early as today.
Hearn has been working hard trying to find an opponent for Anthony Joshua, after Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller failed three drugs tests last week.
Joshua’s American debut on June 1st, in Madison Square Garden New York, is still going ahead. Hearn spoke about the situation with iFL TV.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it because there are negotiations that are currently going on.”
“We’re going to be announcing it maybe Wednesday, something like that.”
“Just let me do my work.”
Michael Hunter and Luis Ortiz were the first names mentioned, but that changed when Ortiz ruled himself out of the running for the fight.
Ortiz’s management took to Instagram stating:
“It’s a no go for June 1. Sorry guys we where told to stay as quite as possible and play possum until fight had been made because every-time someone called Luis out it would be a gimmick to promote them self but it still didn’t work.”
“We just received news from promoter that it’s a no go and it was all a gimmick and Hearn’s low ball offers will not be accepted and no contract even ever got sent so sorry to all the loyal fans. Luis really wanted this title shot.”
Here’s a look at some of the options Joshua could face.
•Andy Ruiz Jr (32-1, 21 KO) who is coming off of a dominant win on Saturday night over Alexander Dimitrenko.
•Michael Hunter (16-1, 11 KO)
•Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KO) currently the WBA’s interim titleholder
•Agit Kabayel (19-0, 13 KO) the reigning European champion
•Mahmoud Charr (31-4, 17 KO) the current WBA “world” titleholder