Sport Hearn: AJ wants 10 more years

14:40  21 april  2017
14:40  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan

  Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan Barry Hearn would welcome clear-the-air talks with Ronnie O'Sullivan after the five-time Crucible king bowed out of the Betfred World Championship. The World Snooker chairman was on the receiving end of an O'Sullivan diatribe early in the tournament, with the 41-year-old accusing him of bullying and intimidation.O'Sullivan was distressed to receive a letter from snooker disciplinary authorities after he criticised a referee and swore at a photographer during January's Masters, which he won, and took out his frustrations on the media in a series of bizarre interviews.

Eddie Hearn has revealed a three-man shortlist of US-based fighters as he considers opponents for Anthony Joshua's first defence of the IBF title. "I think AJ wants the belts, he wants to unify the division. Wembley's debut: 10 years on.

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  Hearn: AJ wants 10 more years © Getty

Anthony Joshua has revealed that he wants to fight for another 10 years as he prepares for a career-defining clash with Wladimir Klitschko.

The unbeaten 27-year-old has taken a high stakes showdown with Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office, in only the 19th fight bout of his professional career.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has not looked past the upcoming clash with Klitschko, but admits Joshua wants to leave a lasting legacy in the sport by fighting on for a decade.

"Everything is just on the line on April 29," Hearn told Sky Sports. "AJ talks about having 10 years left in boxing, so part of me doesn't want to rush, but we're rushing into the Klitschko fight. Why not keep going?

Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan

  Barry Hearn says his door is always open to Ronnie O'Sullivan Barry Hearn would welcome clear-the-air talks with Ronnie O'Sullivan after the five-time Crucible king bowed out of the Betfred World Championship. The World Snooker chairman was on the receiving end of an O'Sullivan diatribe early in the tournament, with the 41-year-old accusing him of bullying and intimidation.O'Sullivan was distressed to receive a letter from snooker disciplinary authorities after he criticised a referee and swore at a photographer during January's Masters, which he won, and took out his frustrations on the media in a series of bizarre interviews.

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"Deontay Wilder will be ringside - that's a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well. It's all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years."

  Hearn: AJ wants 10 more years © Getty

Hearn refused to discuss whether a rematch clause has been included in the fight contract, although he remains open to staging a second fight if Joshua and Klitschko produce an expected epic encounter.

"Nothing is guaranteed in boxing," he said. "If there is no value in the rematch, then you won't see it again. If it's a great fight, certainly we can't rule out doing it again."

Watch Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the event online here or via your Sky remote.

Barry Hearn wants the focus on the snooker as Ronnie O'Sullivan row rumbles on .
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn wants the action at the Betfred World Championship to do the talking as his feud with Ronnie O'Sullivan rumbles on.World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn wants the action at the Betfred World Championship to do the talking as his feud with Ronnie O'Sullivan rumbles on.

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