IBF, WBA, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is willing to fight wherever possible, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua has been out of the ring since regaining his world titles with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Andy Ruiz in their December rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Later today, Hearn will stage the first card of his Fight Camp series, which is taking place on the grounds of the Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood.
“Joshua would fight here, no problem,” Hearn said to BBC. “If we were faced with the option of having no fans for an Anthony Joshua fight, we would still look to go ahead. He’s spent a lot of time training out here in this garden so he would have no problem fighting here himself.
“He was here a couple of weeks ago. He loves to fight, to box and it’s not just about fighting in a huge arena – Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden – it’s about boxing. We want him to be in front of crowds. But for his career, for his development, he needs to fight this year.”
Joshua is contracted to make a mandatory defense against the IBF’s top man, Kubrat Pulev.
The fight was initially scheduled for June and then pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As BoxingScene.com reported, Hearn is targeting the month of December to stage that fight – hoping that some sort of crowd will be allowed for the event.
“Of course fighters want to earn as much money as possible but they also need to develop as fighters and I think the Kubrat Pulev fight is a good, solid, tough fight for him and I am almost certain you will see that fight this year. He wants to improve as a fighter and he will do it anywhere, anytime,” Hearn said.