Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Anthony Joshua, has provided insight into Joshua's potential fight plans for the near future. According to Hearn, if a deal for a mega-bout with Deontay Wilder in January doesn't materialize soon, Joshua is likely to fight again in December or possibly in early 2023.
The much-anticipated fight with Deontay Wilder, which is being discussed for a January date, would be held in Saudi Arabia, with Skill Challenge Promotions from Saudi Arabia offering the financial backing for the event. However, if negotiations for the Wilder fight are delayed and it gets pushed back to February or March, Joshua is open to taking another fight in December.
Hearn emphasized that Joshua is ready to return to the ring and is currently in training. If the Wilder fight doesn't come to fruition in January and there's an opportunity for a December bout, Joshua is willing to step in. Nevertheless, Hearn underlines the importance of finalizing the Wilder fight before confirming any other bouts.
Joshua's recent performances include a twelve-round unanimous decision win over Jermaine Franklin in April and a knockout victory over Robert Helenius last month. If he does fight in December, Hearn suggests that the opponent would likely be at the level of fighters such as Helenius or Dillian Whyte.
Anthony Joshua's next move in the boxing ring hinges on the progress of negotiations for a showdown with Deontay Wilder. While he's open to a December fight, the priority remains securing the much-anticipated Wilder bout, which would be a major event in the heavyweight division.