Eddie Hearn teases Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury update and confirms Canelo's next target

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Eddie Hearn reacted to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s eighth-round TKO finish of Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night, and dropped a hint that a big announcement regarding the much-talked-about heavyweight title unification clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be just around the corner.

Speaking to DAZN’s Chris Mannix in the ring in the aftermath of Canelo’s stoppage victory over Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Hearn explained that the obvious next matchup for the Mexican super-middleweight superstar was to complete the job of unifying the 168-pound titles and become the undisputed champion of the world.

Canelo added Saunders’ WBO title to his WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring titles, with just one world championship belt still held by a rival.

That man is American Caleb Plant, an undefeated 21-0 champion who holds the IBF version of the super-middleweight title.

And Hearn said Canelo vs. Plant is the only fight to make at 168 pounds, following the Mexican’s finish of Saunders on Saturday night.

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Eddie Hearn

Making moves: Eddie Hearn has big plans ahead (Image: GETTY)

“It’s the only fight,” he stated.

“Firstly I want to thank everyone here tonight for coming out and breaking the record, it’s been incredible. Thank you to Jerry Jones and all the team at the AT&T Stadium.

“It’s the only fight (to make), Chris. And hopefully Caleb Plant feels the same way.

“I know you saw an interview the other day (and) he didn’t mention too much about Canelo. But listen, we want to keep the great times coming in boxing.

“It’s the first Mexican undisputed champion at 168 pounds. It’s the one to make in September.”

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Hearn heaped praise on both men after Canelo and Saunders battled all the way to the end of the eighth round of their title unification bout in Texas.

He also revealed Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs was the man who brought the fight to an end by pulling his man out of the contest after Saunders said he lost vision from his right eye as a result of a huge Canelo uppercut during the seventh round.

“No, he couldn’t see,” he explained.

“I spoke to Mark Tibbs, he said he couldn’t see and he wouldn’t let him go out (for the ninth round).


Eyeing undisputed status: Canelo Alvarez (Image: GETTY)

“I thought Billy boxed beautifully. Canelo’s so strong. He took his time, Billy’s so tricky.

“But he busted his eye socket. Canelo coming on strong in the back end of the fight – too good, too good.

“But it was a great performance from Billy Joe Saunders. He came to win.”

Now the stage is seemingly set for a battle for the undisputed crown, with Plant potentially set for the biggest fight – and biggest opportunity – of his career, in the form of a battle for all the belts at 168 pounds against one of the sport’s biggest stars.

Hearn continued, “Listen, ultimately Canelo Alvarez will fight absolutely anybody.

“You know who he wants to fight. He’s told me who he wants to fight. Caleb Plant. It’s over to Caleb Plant.

“We’ll speak to their team. Wherever that has to take place, that’s the fight that has to happen for boxing.

“The undisputed championship at 168 pounds, and it’s the must-make fight next.

Anthony Joshua

Unification battle: Anthony Joshua is expected to face Tyson Fury later this year (Image: GETTY)

Hearn, who has become boxing’s number one promoter for his ability to put on huge-scale shows featuring the fights fans clamour to see, said Plant signing on the dotted line is an absolute no-brainer, especially after witnessing the scale of the event that just occurred in Texas.

And the Essex promoter and head of Matchroom Boxing dropped a little tidbit for heavyweight fans as he teased a big announcement coming soon.

“What’s Caleb Plant gonna do? Look at this,” said Hearn, motioning to the 73,000-strong crowd inside the AT&T Stadium.

“(Canelo) is a pound-for-pound star. Him and A.J. are the two biggest stars in the sport, and we’ve got a good bit of news coming for you next week, as well.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed


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