Anthony Joshua’s opponent for his United States debut is set to be confirmed on Tuesday, according to Match room Sport chairman, Barry Hearn.
Britain’s unified heavyweight boxing champion is awaiting news on his next challenger for his scheduled defence at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.
Match room Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has been holding talks with a number of potential opponents for Joshua, and his father Barry reveals that a deal is close to being finalised.
“I know he’s very close,” Barry Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I understand there’s every chance he’s going to make an announcement tomorrow, so it’s getting there.
“It’s difficult, it’s very difficult, the political world of boxing and the money they’re talking about, but it’s also difficult when a few people view it as an opportunity to put one over on AJ, or us, or boxing.
“We have five likely opponents, so it’s not a question we’re going to be blackmailed. We’re never going to be forced into doing anything stupid, because we just don’t work like that. Eddie is just playing the cards dead straight.
“AJ makes the final call, the final list is there and I believe the final decision will be known tomorrow.”