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Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua's next fight is being planned for March in Saudi Arabia… with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou named as a potential opponent

  • Eddie Hearn has revealed plans for Anthony Joshua’s next fight in Saudi Arabia
  • Matchroom head named three potential opponents, including Francis Ngannou
  • He’s ready! We’re seeing a new and confident AJ now – Listen to The Hook 

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Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua‘s return to the ring is being planned for March.

After suffering back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua rebounded in style in 2023 recording three victories including a stoppage win over Otto Wallin in December.

That clash was expected to set up a long-awaited showdown between AJ and Deontay Wilder, and deal for the pair to meet inside the ring had  been signed before plans were scuppered when the American was soundly defeated by Joseph Parker

Speaking about AJ’s next move in the wake of the Wilder fight being scrapped, Hearn named three potential opponents for an event in Saudi Arabia but insisted that a clash against the winner of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk remains their main target.

‘Right now, we have three fights that were in discussions for they’re all big.’ Hearn told iFL TV.

Eddie Hearn has detailed plans for Anthony Joshua's next fight to be in Saudi Arabia in March

Eddie Hearn has detailed plans for Anthony Joshua’s next fight to be in Saudi Arabia in March

AJ capped off an impressive 2023 with a fifth-round stoppage of Otto Wallin last month

AJ capped off an impressive 2023 with a fifth-round stoppage of Otto Wallin last month

AJ capped off an impressive 2023 with a fifth-round stoppage of Otto Wallin last month

‘And that doesn’t involve Deontay Wilder. Before March our aim, and we’ve discussed this, is to fight the winner of Fury versus Usyk. That is all we want to do.’

‘Obviously there’s a [Filip] Hrgovic fight out there for the world heavyweight title; there’s a Francis Ngannou fight out there which would be absolutely colossal. 

‘There’s other heavyweights as well, the [Zhilei] Zhang fight possibly as well with Queensbury.’

31-year-old Hrgovic also competed on the Day of Reckoning card back in December, demolishing Australian Mark de Mori in the first round to extend his unbeaten record as a professional across 17 fights.

Fellow Olympic medalist Zhilei Zhang is coming off the biggest win of his career back in September where he emphatically defeated Joe Joyce in their rematch to decisively halt the Brit’s momentum.

Hearn described a potential bout between Joshua and Francis Ngannou as 'colossal'

Hearn described a potential bout between Joshua and Francis Ngannou as 'colossal'

Hearn described a potential bout between Joshua and Francis Ngannou as ‘colossal’ 

Filip Hrgovic scored an emphatic first-round win over Mark De Mori in December

Filip Hrgovic scored an emphatic first-round win over Mark De Mori in December

Zhang catapulted himself into title contention with back-to-back wins over Joe Joyce last year

Zhang catapulted himself into title contention with back-to-back wins over Joe Joyce last year

Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang are also being discussed as potential opponents for Joshua

The 40-year-old revealed to Mail Sport in December that he had been in talks for a fight with Joshua and had even met with his team before negotiations stalled indefinitely.

Meanwhile, despite losing in his bow against Tyson Fury, Francis Ngannou is riding a wave of momentum since transitioning from MMA to the world of professional boxing.

The former UFC champion exceeded expectations against the Gypsy King, scoring a knockdown against the WBC champion with a clubbing left hook in the third round, before coming up second best after a controversial judges’ decision.

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