ROCKY’S FIELD OF DREAMS
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
Fra Frazier, George
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