To Charles Blanc: Eddie Hearn blew his stack today in response to an innocuous article by Thomas Hauser. He said he believes Anthony Joshua should retire rather than continue to be punished.
Hauser pointed out the obvious, saying that Joshua’s skills have declined since fighting Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 and that he doesn’t want to go into the trenches to win a fight like he did back then.
At this point, AJ looks to be headed for Palookaville, and December’s fight with Deontay Wilder could be the final straw to get him there.
If you’re wondering if Joshua (25-3, 22 KOs) is crossing the line, look at his fights over the past four years and he’s lost three of his last six fights.
As for why Joshua should retire, Hauser said:
- Changed trainer twice with no improvement
- Lost 3 out of last 6 games
- A lackluster performance against Franklin
- I don’t want to walk through fire anymore
- already have generational wealth
In AJ’s final performance against second-tier heavyweight Jermaine Franklin, he looked cowardly, slow, and just a shell of a decade-old fighter.
Joshua looks worse than being shot against Franklin and one can only imagine what Wilder or Tyson Fury would do to him. It can be put on after two people get over him.
“You’re talking about retirement. Thomas Hauser needs to retire.
“I think it’s just weird to lose a split decision to Oleksandr Usyk, come back, beat Jermaine Franklin almost every round, and say, ‘I have to retire now.'” What are these people? are you talking about
“Dillian White struggled against Jermaine Franklin. No one said Dillian White should retireAJ is about to fight Deontay Wilder in one of the biggest fights of all time and he needs to retire.
“Show me the damage he took in the fight, the grueling heavyweight bout Anthony Joshua went through. I think it’s really disrespectful that you’re writing an article that talks about the damage you’ve suffered.
“Have you ever seen Anthony Joshua being continuously punished during a match?
“Some people in boxing have to respect people who have been around for a long time. Because of the amount of time I’ve been involved, I think I’m sitting above others.
“If AJ is out against Franklin and it looks like his punch tolerance is gone, I understand that,” Hahn said.