Boxing: Hearn confirms start of Joshua-Wilder talks

LONDON – A heavyweight world title fight between Britain’s Anthony Joshua and U.S. rival Deontay Wilder has moved a step closer after promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed contract talks would begin on Thursday. WBA, IBF and IBO world champion Joshua and the WBC title-holder Wilder want the match-up as part of efforts to unify the heavyweight division. Joshua has knocked out all 20 of his opponents to date, while Wilder has won all 39 of his…

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Joshua the target as heavyweight hype packs a new punch

LONDON – Anthony Joshua woke up on Wednesday to find himself more of a wanted man than ever in boxing’s entertaining new era of old-fashioned heavyweight hoopla and intrigue. The Briton is at the heart of a long-overdue heavyweight revival, the money-spinning focus for three other unbeaten champions who, like him, believe they can unify the division and become undisputed owner of the sport’s most prestigious title. Joshua, who holds the WBA and IBF versions…

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Boxing: Parker, Joshua keen to fight next, says New Zealander’s promoter

WELLINGTON – Britain’s Anthony Joshua and New Zealander Joseph Parker are keen to fight each other in a heavyweight title clash early next year but the finances have to be right for both boxers, Parker’s promoter said on Wednesday. Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles, while Parker holds the WBO crown. American Deontay Wilder holds the WBC title. “Eddie Hearn and I have exchanged emails,” David Higgins told reporters in Auckland about…

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Joshua says promoter Hearn speaking to Fury about fight

– Britain’s Anthony Joshua believes a fight with former world champion Tyson Fury is a possibility, saying promoter Eddie Hearn has begun discussions about it. Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles with a 10th-round stoppage-win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday. The 28-year-old said he was keen on fighting fellow Briton Fury, whose license was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control after he relinquished his two world titles…

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Joshua stops Takam in 10th to retain heavyweight crowns

CARDIFF – Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles when he stopped bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff on Saturday. Unbeaten champion Joshua opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on the fight was halted by referee Phil Edwards after a series of heavy blows. It was far from a straightforward night…

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