Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, has responded to recent comments made by Carl Froch about Anthony Joshua’s legacy in the sport.
Froch and Hearn are known to be good friends, with the two working together for ‘The Cobra’s’ last seven fights of his career which famously included the rematch against George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Arena. Many attribute that night as the catalyst for future big boxing nights in the UK.
Anthony Joshua then burst onto the scene and made stadium shows a regular feature on the British fighting calendar. Joshua, also promoted by Hearn, has been on the receiving end of some recent criticism from Froch about his performances and the legacy he’ll leave behind.
“AJ has had a fantastic career financially, but maybe it niggles him that he’s probably got no real legacy. He’s not in the Hall of Fame, unlike the Cobra!
He’s not going to go down as an all-time great with the fights he’s had, losing to Ruiz and back-to-back fights with Usyk. What’s he fighting for? He said money, but money is not motivation when you’re fighting, trust me.”
When asked about these comments by Boxing King Media, Hearn admitted he ‘didn’t like’ what he was hearing from his old pal.
“Carl Froch says some mad things sometimes, I love Carl Froch, I think he’s great but I didn’t like what he said.
AJ may not have had the epic number of battles that Carl Froch has had but the legacy that he leaves in the sport in our country and for the next generation well surpasses anything Carl ever did because Carl never had the profile.
He’s a warrior, he’s a hall of fame fighter, but you have to respect what AJ has done, he’s a great fighter, he’s one of the great heavyweights of the modern generation and he’s not done yet. We should get behind him.”
Joshua is hoping to face Deontay Wilder this December in Saudi Arabia in what could be a legacy defining fight for the two-time world heavyweight champion.