Anthony Joshua will be a Matchroom boxer for the rest of his career.
The IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion signed a new career-long promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Joshua is set to defend those belts on Saturday against Oleksandr Usyk in an intriguing matchup. If he wins, a fight with Tyson Fury could be next and for Joshua, he is glad he has Hearn behind him promoting him.
“We’ve built some great foundations over the years and I appreciate Matchroom – the company, the team, the family business,” said Joshua (via Boxingscene). “That’s kind of what drew me towards you guys as well, the integrity that the Hearns have when it comes to boxing and business.I’ve felt comfortable during my years as a boxer and I always felt that the business outside of sport is harder than the actual fighting due to the history and some of the problems that some fighters have had. So, to be with Matchroom Sport has been a blessing for myself, my family and my team. Outside of that, what Matchroom Sport have done is created an environment for boxing fans. The shows that we have managed to put on have been phenomenal.
“When I walk out to fight, I look around and I’m like, ‘mate, this is unbelievable’. From where we began, to the middle of the journey, the foundations we have created are phenomenal and I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Joshua continued. In my humble opinion, what better place to be than Matchroom Boxing? I have heard that my signature was hot property. I’m happy where I am. A handshake is good enough for me, but the signature solidifies it and I’m happy where my signature is. Thank you to Eddie Hearn, Barry Hearn and the family, Frank Smith and all of the Matchroom staff, as well as Freddie Cunningham and the team at 258MGT.”
The news is not only a big deal for Anthony Joshua but it is also a big deal for Eddie Hearn. He gets to keep a heavyweight champion under his stable and one of the biggest draws in the sport. It’s also the fourth agreement they have signed which will be the final one.
“When AJ and I met in the Matchroom HQ 8 years ago, we had a vision and a dream that we shared together,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. “There is something quite special about sharing a journey together from the professional debut to the day the gloves are hung up, but it takes a huge amount of belief and an unwavering loyalty. Over those 8 years, AJ has been the face of British boxing, inspiring a new generation and audience to the sport we love.
“This is the fourth and final promotional agreement we have signed together, and I am honored that AJ has confirmed his future with Matchroom. Just like we did from the debut, myself and the great team at Matchroom will continue to work relentlessly for Anthony in the many chapters that remain. I also want to thank Frank Smith and the whole team at Matchroom along with Freddie Cunningham and 258 who we have had a seamless partnership with. Here is to an amazing night this Saturday and many more for us all to savor.”
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