ROCKY’S FIELD OF DREAMS

Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL - BY MATT BOZEAT BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON

AN­THONY JOSHUA will fight both De­on­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury to forge the great­est era of heavy­weight box­ing.

That’s the as­ton­ish­ing view of pro­moter Ed­die Hearn (be­low).

The WBC sanc­tioned a Wilder-Fury re­match on Fri­day night, but the door is still wide open for Joshua should

Hearn strike a deal for a uni­fi­ca­tion fight.

The 39-year-old jet­ted to the

States last week in a bid to set up a Joshua and Wilder money-spin­ning, show­down with all four ma­jor belts the prize.

Hearn was tight-lipped about how ne­go­ti­a­tions went, but said: “I will be dis­ap­pointed if we don’t get Fury or Wilder [above] next.

“The fo­cus is Wilder, but, if we can’t get him, we will go for Fury.

“Those two fights will hap­pen. AJ wants those fights now and so do the fans, but he has five or six years left in box­ing for them to hap­pen.

“The big­ger money fight is Wilder, but, for AJ, it’s about legacy and be­com­ing undis­puted cham­pion.

“There’s more de­mand for Joshua- ROCKY FIELDING ad­mits he feels like a lower-league foot­baller called up to play for Eng­land, ahead of his clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Al­varez at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Satur­day.

The 31-year-old Scouser is an un­likely choice as Canelo’s first op­po­nent af­ter the Mex­i­can su­per­star put pen to pa­per on a mouth-wa­ter­ing £280mil­lion, 11-fight deal with stream­ing ser­vice DAZN.

But the WBA world su­per­mid­dleweight belt that Fielding Wilder, but I don’t think fans will be dis­ap­pointed with Joshua-Fury.

“They have the re­match they can do as that was part of the deal.

“But there’s never been a bet­ter time for the di­vi­sion.

“There was the era of Muham­mad Ali, Joe

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F o r ema n and oth­ers and now we are in t the era of

Jo Joshua ,

Wilder and Fury.

“There are great fights out there be­tween very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, the same as there was back in Ali’s day. There’s the same great mix of box­ers and punch­ers and the same world­wide in­ter­est that there was back then.

“We’ve got sta­dium fights to look for­ward to over the next few years. “We may have to look at find­ing a way to squeeze more seats into Wembley Sta­dium. The 90,000 seats may not be enough for fights against Wilder and Fury – and that’s an amaz­ing state­ment to be mak­ing.

“There are other top heavy­weights out there as well, fight­ers like Luis Or­tiz and Olek­sandr Usyk. And then there’s the re­match be­tween Dil­lian Whyte and Dereck Chisora com­ing up at the end of the month.

“I don’ t th ink there’s ever been a bet­ter time to be a box­ing fan – or a say, ‘No’? Ed­die Hearn will tell you, ev­ery fight he of­fers me I take.

“I’ve got to look af­ter my fam­ily. I said yes even be­fore I box­ing pro­moter, for that mat­ter. The pres­sure is on me to de­liver the big fights – but I thrive on de­liv­er­ing the fights that the fans want to see.”

Joshua’s next de­fence is set for Wembley on April 13 and Hearn is con­vinced that come the end of this golden era for heavy­weight box­ing, Joshua will be re­mem­bered as No.1.

He said: “I be­lieve AJ beats Fury ev­ery day of the week, and he de­mol­ishes Wilder, who isn’t as good as peo­ple think he is.

“It was a poor per­for­mance against Fury and ev­ery­one thought he lost – I had Fury win­ning by two rounds.

“He’s sur­prised me twice now. I didn’t think he would beat [Wladimir] Kl­itschko and I didn’t think he would do that to Wilder. But it wasn’t an all-time great heavy­weight fight, like some are say­ing.

“The last round was un­be­liev­able, but look at the punch stats. In some rounds, there were only three or four punches landed.

“In terms of ne­go­ti­a­tions, it was very good be­cause, if Wilder had looked sen­sa­tional, he could have said, ‘I want this, I want that’.

“The pri­or­ity is to make that fight, but we aren’t go­ing any­where.” daugh­ter is 12 weeks old and I’ve been in a train­ing camp for 10 weeks.

“So I haven’t held her prop­erly or been out push­ing the pram, do­ing the lit­tle things.

“But when I’m slug­ging it out and things are get­ting tough I just think, ‘Ev­ery­thing is for the kids’.

“Ev­ery punch I throw now is for their fu­ture.

“When it’s go­ing tough in a ses­sion I have a lit­tle think about why I’m do­ing it, what I’m get­ting up for and why I’m putting my­self through it.”

RING OF CON­FI­DENCE Joshua aims to his de­finelegacy by ad­ding Wilder’s belt tobe undis­puted worldcham­pion PA­TRICK MA­HOMES has been anointed by NFL roy­alty de­spite hav­ing played just 13 games in his fledg­ling ca­reer.The Kansas City Chiefs’ quar­ter­back has led the team to 10 wins in their 12 games this sea­son and has fans dream­ing of a first Super Bowl ap­pear­ance since Jan­uary 1970.Hav­ing played just once in his rookie sea­son, the 23-year-old from Texas has been the Chiefs’ No.1 choice in 2018, and in a year full of can­di­dates for the league’s Most Valu­able Player award, he is as hot a favourite as any­one.So says for­mer Green Bay Pack­ers quar­ter­back, Brett Favre, a Super Bowl cham­pion 22 years ago and win­ner of the league MVP tro­phy three times.With four weeks left in the reg­u­lar sea­son, most smart money is on New Or­leans Saints quar­ter­back, Drew Brees, who is hav­ing the sea­son of his life at 39.But Favre said: “I would say right now, I’d prob­a­bly have to give it to Pa­trick Ma­homes. What Ma­homes has done in his first year is in­cred­i­ble.”Favre reck­ons four play­ers have the edge over the rest of the league, with two other quar­ter­backs, Philip Rivers of the LA Charg­ers and New Eng­land’s Tom Brady, also in con­tention.Bri­tish fans will get two chances to as­sess Ma­homes as he faces Bal­ti­more tonight (Sky Sports Ac­tion, 5pm) and then the Charg­ers on Thurs­day night (Sky Sports Ac­tion, 12.30am).Favre says the key to putting him in MVP con­sid­er­a­tion is that, like Brees, Rivers and Brady his team would be far worse off with­out him.“That’s what you have to look at,” said Favre. “Those four guys, if you take them out of the mix, I don’t think those four teams have near the suc­cess they’ve had to this point.”Favre added: “Ev­ery­one in that or­gan­i­sa­tion [the Chiefs] has ex­pected him to do great things. And even they have to be some­what amazed at what he’s done.”

won in July is on the line and, with Canelo step­ping up to the di­vi­sion for the first time, the Liver­pudlian reck­ons he was just in the right place at the right time.Asked about those who scoffed when the fight was an­nounced, Fielding said: “I nearly bit back to start with, but then I thought bet­ter of it.“It’s like a kid play­ing for a lower-league team get­ting a call from the Eng­land man­ager, ask­ing if he fan­cies play­ing for Eng­land at Wembley. What’s he go­ing to SAUL MAN: Fielding (right) is set for Al­varez was told the purse. Maybe Canelo thinks he can take me on and wants to be able to make his­tory for him­self by mov­ing up to fight for a world ti­tle, and I’m the one who’s avail­able.”The glam­our of head­lin­ing at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den is not lost on a man who grew up dream­ing d of do­ing just that. But his prepa­ra­tion has been far f from glitzy, with his two chil­dren c — Ral­phy, 2, and Romy, 12 weeks — keep­ing him very grounded.Fielding added: “My

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