Joshua will make the first defence of his IBF belt on Saturday.

Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world, says Barry Hearn

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Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight fighter in the world and is more than ready to beat the undefeated Tyson Fury, according to Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn.

The 26-year-old is in his last week of training as he prepares for another showdown at the O2 Arena on Saturday, and this time as the IBF World heavyweight champion. Joshua will face American Dominic Breazeale in the ring, as he looks to defend his belt for the first time.

And Hearn has no reasons to believe that Joshua isn't already the best in the heavyweight division, having won all 16 of his professional bouts by knockout, and sent American Charles Martin to the canvas in the second round of his world title fight, back in April.


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It is a bold statement from the father of Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, with most of the boxing world recognising Tyson Fury as the top champion in the heavyweight division; having dethroned one of the sport's greatest, Wladimir Klitschko, back in November, to claim the WBA and WBO belts.

However, Hearn believes it's "frightening" to think what Joshua will be able to achieve at the peak of his career, telling Sky Sports: "I think I've got the best heavyweight for the next 10 years on the planet. I can't see anyone beating him. I think the kid is outstanding and I think he's got a lot of improvement left in him yet.

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"Even as he is today, he's the best heavyweight in the world. What he's going to be like in two years' time is frightening."

Talks have already begun for a bout in the near future between the two British heavyweights, and it is understood that should Fury lose to Klitschko, in his rematch at the Manchester Arena on July 9, the fight will still go ahead.

Problems for Fury

"If the real Klitschko turns up, Tyson could have a problem." said Hearn. "If Klitschko is completely shot, Fury will win again, and I really hope that he does. If Klitschko turns up, he could make Tyson look silly. 

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"I would rather he won, because it's even bigger. It's an 80,000 sell out at Wembley, it's a million pay-per-view buys, plus the global, because it's a great fight to watch.We have to wait and see, but win or lose there is a massive fight with Anthony Joshua. Win or lose."

If Joshua manages to navigate his way past Breazeale, and Fury can defeat Klitschko for a second time, three belts could be on the line for a fight which Hearn believes will only go one way, and see the Watford-born fighter close in on unifying the heavyweight division.

Perfect match

And Hearn admits he feels Fury is the perfect match for Joshua, telling Sky Sports: "When they get in the ring, then we'll see what they've got. I think Fury is made for Joshua, because of the way he boxes, the way he stands.

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"He's not a great big puncher and he can't take a shot. That's my view. I mean [Steve] Cunningham dropped him. When a cruiserweight puts you on your ass, you have to ask some serious questions.

"But he's very engaging, he'll sell the fight, and it will be a massive, massive fight."

Joshua is expected to continue his prolific professional career and comfortably defend his world title against Breazeale, who has won all 17 of his bouts, 15 by knockout.

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