Anthony Joshua Considering Shock Fight in Africa
EDDIE HEARN, the promoter of British boxing champion Anthony Joshua, has suggested that Joshua may be in talks for a surprising fight in Africa. The 34-year-old Olympic gold medalist, who proudly displays his Nigerian heritage with a tattoo on his shoulder, recently signed up for back-to-back fights in Saudi Arabia, but Hearn believes that big-time boxing could make a return to the continent.
Iconic Event for the Sport
Eddie Hearn, the boss of Matchroom Boxing, believes that staging a major boxing event in Africa would be iconic for the sport. He mentioned that there have been discussions and potential government funding to stage events in certain countries. Hearn also highlighted Anthony Joshua's Nigerian descent, stating that Joshua is always keen to visit and stage a major event in Africa.
Looking Back at the Rumble in the Jungle
In 1974, Muhammad Ali's historic fight against George Foreman, known as the Rumble in the Jungle, took place in Zaire (now the Congo). The event was famously bankrolled by the country's president at the time, Mobutu Sese Seko. With the 50th anniversary of this iconic fight approaching, Hearn expressed his desire to celebrate it with a potential Anthony Joshua fight in Africa, possibly revisiting the historic scenes of the Rumble in the Jungle.
A Visual Spectacle
Eddie Hearn emphasized the visual impact of staging a major fight in Africa, particularly in relation to the history of the Rumble in the Jungle. He believes it would be incredible and something that Anthony Joshua would love to experience before the end of his career.