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Eddie Hearn Defends Anthony Joshua’s Chin Forward Of Daniel Dubois Combat

Eddie Hearn insists that Anthony Joshua doesn’t possess a fragile chin heading into his combat towards IBF heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois on September twenty first.

Net host Simon Jordan stated this week that 34-year-old former two-time heavyweight champion Joshua’s chin is weak, and he might crumble if taken into the trenches by the 26-year-old Dubois (21-2, 20 KOs) of their twelve-round headliner at Wembley Stadium in London.

Flashbacks to Previous Battles

There’s some doubt whether or not Joshua can have flashbacks to the worst moments of his profession, when Andy Ruiz, Wladimir Klitschko, and Oleksandr Usyk labored over him.

Jordan talked about the potential for Joshua having PTSD [Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome AKA Battle fatigue]. If that situation does exist, Joshua gained’t final lengthy on the battlefield towards Dubois, who shall be reigning shells on him and won’t let him retreat to dive right into a foxhole.

It appeared to some like Joshua (28-3, 25 KOs) suffered a psychological breakdown following his loss to Usyk on August 20, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Hearn Dismisses “Fragile” Lab

“AJ has a very good chin. If you happen to return to the Klitschko combat, watch these photographs that AJ took from Klitschko in spherical 5,” stated Eddie Hearn to Secondsout, denying that Anthony Joshua has a fragile chin.

The Klitschko combat was a few years in the past, on April 29, 2017. Joshua was simply 27, going up towards 41-year-old Wladimir. In that combat, Wladimir dropped Joshua laborious within the sixth spherical, and he was so damage that he didn’t get better for 3 rounds.

Most agree that Wladimir made a mistake by letting Joshua off the hook by failing to hearken to his nook to go for the kill in rounds seven, eight and 9.

“Watch the suitable hand that might have decapitated a standard man that AJ acquired up from [in the sixth round and then gassed for the next three rounds]. Within the Ruiz combat, he saved getting up,” stated Hearn.

“Usyk hit him with the kitchen sink, and he by no means had him out. His legs have been by no means gone. He was knackered on the finish, however look what occurred to Tyson Fury. You by no means noticed AJ like that. He [Joshua] acquired hit laborious by [Alexander] Povetkin, and clearly, he acquired hit laborious by Dillian Whyte,” stated Hearn.

Joshua’s Stamina and Chin: A Recurring Concern

In all of the fights that Hearn mentions, Joshua might have been knocked out if his opponents had continued to unload on him. Usyk damage Joshua within the twelfth spherical of their first combat in September 2021 however ran out of time to complete the job.

If there was 20 extra seconds left within the twelfth, Usyk would have knocked out Joshua. Whyte gassed out after hurting Joshua within the second spherical and couldn’t get his second wind after that.

“AJ has acquired an amazing chin, however Daniel Dubois hits very laborious and when you get hit on the chin by him, there’s an opportunity you’ll be in bother,” stated Hearn.

Absolutely, Hearn is deliberately being obtuse right here as a result of he’s acquired to know that Joshua doesn’t possess a “nice chin,” and his stamina is simply as poor. Joshua’s weaknesses have at all times been his glass chin and his horrible stamina.

Dubois’ Energy: A Important Risk

That’s why he’ll be straightforward pickings for Dubois if he lands one thing clear on him and or pushes a quick tempo that his cardio can’t maintain.

“I don’t get the entire, ‘He’s fragile.’ He acquired hit laborious by Franklin. I do know he’s not an enormous Puncher, however they’ll all punch. Franklin, Usyk, Povetkin, Parker, Ruiz. The listing goes on. Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, he’s fought all people. There’s nothing fallacious with AJ’s chin, however these boys can all crack. In the event that they hit clear, it’s going to be an issue,” stated Hearn.

You wouldn’t count on Hearn to confess that his tin soldier Joshua doesn’t possess an amazing chin. What promoter would admit that his fighter is fragile and will break aside if hit too laborious or taken into the trenches?

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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