Eddie Hearn sees Anthony Joshua fighting for the British title in 12 months
Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua could be ready for a British title fight by the end of next year.
By Adam Norman
Last Updated: 27/08/13 9:12pm
The Matchroom promoter is hoping to get 10 fights into the Olympic gold medallist in his first 12 months as a professional, kicking off at the O2 Arena on October 5.
And such is the paucity of talent in the heavyweight division, Hearn feels a title shot will not be long in coming.
"It's such a weak division. Obviously Haye v Fury is the fight everyone is waiting for now and personally I think the winner of that will fight Wladimir next," Hearn told Sky Sports.
"There just aren't the opponents out there. How they are filling out arenas for these fights I don't know, they put on great shows but in time the winner of Haye vs Fury makes sense.
"Domestically you've got those two, Derrick Chisora is still battling away, and David Price I feel will be back. He's still British and Commonwealth champion, still got a lot to fight for.
"Beneath that you've got Anthony Joshua. He looks the real deal and now he's got to get in there and show it. He's got a lot of learning to do and that starts on October 5 at the O2.
"I think Britain should be excited about this young man's future. He's got all the attributes of a fantastic heavyweight.
"I hope we'll get into double figures in the first year but these are big guys landing heavy shots and injuries do come into play. But after 10 fights we'll be looking for a British title.
"Joshua he will have three or four fights before the end of the year."