Heavyweight contender, Michael Hunter, believes Anthony Joshua next fight is ‘horrible’ for fans but may be necessary for the former unified champion’s mindset.
After two consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk and as many coach changes, ‘AJ’ is out of the title picture and looking at a climb back to the top of the division. With former trainer of the year, Derrick James, at the helm, that’s due to start on April 1 in London.
It’s believed that the man standing in the other corner will be American heavyweight, Jermaine Franklin – best known to UK fans for an impressive performance against Dillian Whyte that the judges called a loss.
Hunter was asked about AJ’s return opponent and his new trainer – neither of which have been officially announced but are widely known – by Pro Boxing Fans.
“The fight, I think, is horrible. Them training? I think that’s a good fit for Anthony Joshua because of his simplicity.
I think that’s a horrible fight, but I think that maybe it’s good for Anthony Joshua as a personal fight for him. I do think that. But as far as a fan fight, no.”
Hunter, despite his standing in the division, has never been in the public conversation to face Joshua. Whether he wasn’t approached or didn’t feel it was the right time for him is unclear.
After a good stint at cruiserweight – where his one pro loss was at the hands of a lighter Usyk – ‘The Bounty Hunter’ has failed to make his mark in amongst the heavies despite good showings against Martin Bakole and Alexander Povetkin.
With 2022 spent on the sidelines after postponements and cancellations with Hughie Fury, Hunter will be looking to get active again soon.
As for Joshua, an announcement to confirm both his trainer and opponent is expected soon.