Following a hiatus in the sporting world, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed some exciting developments as Anthony Joshua has accepted a two-fight deal against WBC world champion Tyson Fury, which will unify the division.
However, unfortunately for AJ, despite being the two-time WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion of the world, it seems he hasn’t become an Italian-household name just yet.
Following the announcement of his fight with Fury, an Italian newspaper confused AJ with fellow heavyweight Michael Hunter.
Gazzetto dello Sport made the unfortunate error by editing a photo of Fury and AJ coming toe-to-toe in the boxing ring. However, they used a photo of Michael Hunter, with the boxer commenting on the blunder via social media.
“A.J looking sharp in this Italian newspaper,” Hunter told his followers.
British heavyweight Tony Bellow responded to Hunter’s tweet with an emoji that covered his eyes, possibly through sheer disbelief.
This isn’t the first time that Gazzetto dello Sport has made questionable editorial errors. In December 2019, the Italian newspaper’s front page included feature images of Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, followed with the shocking headline ‘Black Friday’.
With the announcement of Joshua’s next bout going worldwide, this has understandably caused a great deal of excitement.
Hearn, the Matchroom Boxing promoter that represents AJ, confirmed the two-fight deal on Wednesday, with Fury further clarifying the deal.
Although a two-fight deal has been agreed, the Gyspy King has since confirmed that this will likely commence in 2021. The reason being that Deontay Wilder has activated the rematch clause following the American’s defeat in late February.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has since spoken of his eagerness for the pair to face-off and emphasised the importance and sheer magnitude of this sporting event.
“Everyone wants it to happen,” he said. “For me, this will be the biggest sporting event in this country with these fighters – four belts on the line, two Brits fighting for the world title, both champions.
“This is just mega. I think it’ll be the biggest sporting event in this country since England won the World Cup in ’66.”