Nigerian-born world boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn has declared that his ward reminds him about the attitude held by fight legend Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez during his heyday, megasportsarena.com reports.
With Joshua stepping up preparation for a megabucks world unification title fight with fellow-British pugilist, Tyson Fury sometime this year, Hearn reckons that his ward will use the approach of Alvarez in silencing ‘The Gypsy King.’
Although the much-expected bout is yet to get a definite date and venue, Hearn is stocking the members of excitement and discord between both camps, as the willy fight arranger stressed that’ AJ’ has the same winning mind-set as Alvarez.
This comes at a point Sky Sports is reporting that negotiations for one of the biggest fights of all time are ongoing, with both sides optimistic of a resolution for a night that would ultimately see Joshua and Fury tango for the world’s undisputed heavyweight title.
He went on to reveal that Joshua, who holds the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organsiation (WBO) belts is approaching the fight in a similar way to Canelo, the globally acclaimed pound-for-pound phenomenon from Mexico.
After a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr midway through 2019, Joshua revamped his pool of sparring partners, backed head trainer Rob McCracken, brought in Joby Clayton and Angel Fernandez as extra coaches then produced a skilled and disciplined performance to win a rematch.
Joshua is now developing himself for the specific task of ending Fury’s undefeated record and Hearn told Sky Sports: “I see similarities, not in the ring, between him and Canelo.
“Two guys who came from nothing, who have built their legacies, who have the same hunger now as when they first walked into a gym. That’s what makes a winner.
“Joshua is constantly trying to evolve. When you walk into Canelo’s dressing room after a fight he is talking to [his trainer] Eddy Reynoso about how he can improve.
“He would say that he’s tailoring his training for his career. He is training, sleeping, resting. I want to rein him in for a rest. He is so focused. Although he’d tell you that he’s training just to improve as a fighter, I know that all he’s thinking about is Fury.
“He’s working on the plan to beat this guy and become undisputed. I love the work he’s doing, the improvements he’s making, the mind-set. He has the mind-set of a winner, of a champion.
“Fury is a fantastic fighter but AJ will do a job on him. The preparation starts now. Don’t think Fury isn’t doing the same. He knows. This may be the biggest fight of all time.”