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Saudi boxing bosses to fly in for Anthony Joshua’s fight with Robert Helenius in bid to wrap up Deontay Wilder deal

EDDIE HEARN has revealed boxing bosses from Saudi Arabia are set to fly in to watch Anthony Joshua’s next fight.

Because if Joshua defeats Robert Helenius at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, all systems are a go for a blockbuster with Deontay Wilder.

Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn and Robert Helenius

Deontay Wilder is in talks to fight Anthony Joshua

Hearn said: “There’s definitely been a lot of work behind the scenes, months of discussions.

“We could get a deal done Sunday or Monday, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

“But the intention is to at least come over and agree a deal whilst they’re here but AJ’s got to win on Saturday.”

A December date was initially pencilled in for Joshua, 33, and Wilder, 37, but it looks to have now been backdated to January.

That is because AJ struck a deal to rematch Dillian Whyte, 35, the man he beat in 2015.

But with just seven days to go, Whyte was pulled out amid a failed drug test with Helenius, 39, brought in as a replacement.

It is eerily similar to when Jarrell Miller, 35, blew his chance of fighting Joshua following a disgraceful doping scandal in 2019.

Outsider Andy Ruiz Jr, 33, would replace Miller and later stun AJ in seven rounds, only to lose the rematch six months later.


But it ultimately KO’d a super-fight with Wilder, who instead would share a trilogy series with Tyson Fury, 34.

So Hearn wants to avoid lightening striking twice and insisted Joshua must first avoid another disastrous banana skin.

He said: “This is a bit different, if he loses to Robert Helenius, I’m not sure the direction we take with that.

“And whatever you think about Helenius, he’s an absolute lump and he can punch and he will try to win the fight.

“He won’t take a knee, he won’t not try and win. He will let his hands go until he gets knocked out. So AJ’s got to be switched on, it’s a big risk.

“But I still go along the lines of, if he can’t beat Robert Helenius, he ain’t beating Deontay Wilder. And we’re in these fights to win, not to get paid.”

Anthony Joshua and Robert Helenius ahead of their fight

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I train boxing without fighting?

Boxing can only be learned if you are willing to fight. To improve your boxing skills, you must work hard. But if you do, you’ll find that you can improve your boxing technique, speed, endurance, strength, and stamina.

You can improve your boxing technique by watching good boxers compete. You should observe how they move, throw punches and defend themselves. Then try to imitate their techniques.

Next, you’ll need to spar against another boxer. This is where you will see if your boxing technique has improved. When you spar, you’ll also notice how fast you can punch, how strong your punches feel, and how well you block incoming punches.

Doing drills is another way to improve your boxing skills. Practice is key, so don’t be discouraged and keep practicing.

What is the best way to practice boxing punches in your home?

A punching bag is used for practicing boxing punches. You’ll need to keep punching the bag until you feel you have mastered the technique. Then you move onto another part of your body. You can then move onto the next area once you are comfortable with that one.

How long does it take to learn boxing?

Boxing takes approximately 3 months to learn. This includes learning basic skills like footwork and stance. It’s important to remember that boxing is not only about throwing punches. You need to learn how you can block and dodge attacks.

How to protect yourself

Always protect your head when being attacked. It is your goal to not get punched. You need to be able to block an incoming punch in order to avoid getting punched. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Square your shoulders and stand tall.
  2. Keep your elbows close to your sides.
  3. Block the punch from coming with your forearm.
  4. Counterattack immediately.
  5. Continue blocking until you see the attacker run away.
  6. Never give up on your defense.

How can I improve my defense in fighting?

It is possible to improve your defensive capabilities by learning how smart you fight. You need to know how defense against attacks from every angle is possible, as well how to counterattack in case of emergency.

If you don’t fight well, you will not be able to handle any situation. You’ll just get beaten up. However, if your fight skills are solid, you’ll be ready to face any challenge.

Here are some suggestions to help improve your defense.

  1. Know the origin of your opponent’s attack. This means you should pay attention to what your opponent is saying. This could be a sign that your opponent is preparing for his next attack.
  2. Keep your cool. Don’t panic. Instead, stay focused and relaxed.
  3. Block with the arms of your armour. Blocking with your arms is a simple but effective way to defend yourself against attacks.
  4. Counterattack. Counterattack.
  5. Fight dirty. Fight dirty. You can also respond to an opponent’s kicks by kicking them back.


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How to Learn to Box For Exercise

Learning boxing will help you improve your self-confidence and physical fitness. Boxing has become a very popular sport. It requires speed, strength, agility, stamina and coordination.

Boxing is a great way of getting fit and feeling good about yourself. You’ll love the activity and want to continue it.

There are many options for boxing training. Some programs are offered at local gyms and others at your home. There are also online courses which allow you to study from anywhere in the world.

When choosing a program, make sure that it meets your goals and fits into your lifestyle. The best programs focus on exercises that increase muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. They also promote overall well being.

You should also consider whether you prefer a beginner’s course or a more advanced one. Beginner’s programs usually teach basic techniques and drills such as shadowboxing, sparring, mitt work, and punching combinations. Advanced programs offer more variety and more complex movements.

Beginners’ programs generally last around eight weeks and cost less than $100. However, they do not offer guidance on nutrition, weight reduction, injury prevention, or any other aspects of boxing training.

Advanced programs usually last for six months and are around $300. These programs include nutrition advice and stretching routines. In addition, some programs incorporate resistance training (such as lifting weights) and aerobic conditioning (such as running).