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Eddie Hearn involved in Twitter spat with boxing reporter over Anthony Joshua

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There are not too many certainties in life, but one thing is rest assured, a boxing beef is just around the corner.

The latest conflict has taken place on Twitter between Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, and ESPN boxing journalist Dan Rafael.

The topic of the disagreement between the two individuals related to the quality of Joshua's latest opponents, and where the English fighter ranks at this point of his career compared to past greats of the sport.

Boxing news and views reported Rafael as saying: "Leon Spinks was like 7-0 when he faced Ali and won the title. Mike Tyson was barely 20 years old when won the title.”

Hearn then responded.

"Tyson had had 27 fights – great for AJ to be compared to those two greats, though."

Rafael then seemingly mocked one of Joshua's title fights, against American Charles Martin which was completed in just over two rounds.

“AJ also got to fight Charles Martin for the title! lol”

Naturally Hearn staunchly defended his man: "You didn’t complain about that fight being one sided til AJ iced him.”

Rafael then backtracked a little, paying credit to the performance of Joshua.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

“I’ve never complained about that fight at all. AJ got the chance and did the job.”

At the time of that fight (April 2016), Martin held the IBF Heavyweight belt and had registered an overall record of 23 wins and one draw from 24 fights.

However his reign as champion(85 days) is the second shortest heavyweight boxing history behind Tony Tucker's 66 days in 1987.

Critics of Joshua will point to the fact that he has not ventureed from the 'home comforts' of the UK.

To be fair, Joshua has talked about fighting in the US and confirmed it is on his agenda.

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“I would love to fight [in the U.S.] because of the great champions the United States has produced.

“I’d love to drip sweat there and add it to the scrapbook.

"At the same time, I’ll fight anywhere.

"There’s talk of Africa, the Middle East, staying in the U.K, but the U.S. is at the top of the pyramid, for sure.”

To fight in the US, Joshua will have to find the right opponent to earn the kind of money he is currently receiving, and Hearn has said it is hard to leave the UK when 90,000 people are regularly turning up to his fights.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

All the recent talk has been a mouthwatering fight with fellow unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 by KO).

There will naturally be a discussion over where that fight takes place, but for the good of boxing, let's hope we can see the two fighters take to the ring sometime soon and it lives up to all expectations.

Who do you think is the best heavyweight fighter in the division? Have your say in the comments section below.

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