Eddie Hearn denies IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has a weak chin despite his growing reputation for his inability to take headshots without getting hurt. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk has already said that he thinks thoughts that may “scare” the media about his fight with Joshua.
Usyk’s comments suggest that he will be head-hunting on Saturday, looking to KO Joshua to wreck his career and foil Hearn’s dreams of an undisputed clash with Tyson Fury.
“I really disagree with that because if you go back through his fights. The one fight where he appeared where his punch resistance wasn’t great was in the first Andy Ruiz fight,” said Eddie Hearn to ESNEWS in responding to critics saying Joshua has a weak chin.
“If you go back to the Klitschko fight, for example, or even the Dillian Whyte fight. He [Joshua] got wobbled in the Dillian Whyte fight by a left hook that would have knocked out a horse while he was throwing. “So he got caught trading with a left hook that honestly would have deceased many men. He had a wobble and got his feet back.
“Now he was tired after that, and it took him some rounds to get back. In the Wladimir Klitschko fight in round five when he [Joshua] put him down, he took the absolute kitchen sink from Wladimir Klitschko in the fifth round.
“In the sixth round, he [Joshua] come out and took a huge right hand on the chin. He went down and got up. He was knackered but he recovered and came back and stopped him.”
The growing belief that many fans have is Joshua is this era’s version of Wladimir Klitschko, a heavyweight whose reputation was weak in the chin department.
Hearn insists that there’s nothing wrong with Joshua’s mandible and that on the few occasions where he was hurt during his eight-year professional career, he was hit with shots that would have hurt anybody.