Eddie Hearn has insisted to talkSPORT.com that Anthony Joshua’s return fight against Jermaine Franklin on April 1 will be ‘completely sold out’.
The bout, which is live on talkSPORT, will be AJ’s first since his consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk and, as such, questions have been raised over whether he still retains the same star power that he did prior to the losses.
Joshua is used to boxing in massive stadiums in the UK, but will be returning to a smaller British arena for the first time (not due to COVID) since 2016.
Despite having fewer tickets to sell at the O2 Arena, there has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about the Franklin fight not being sold out.
Fans have become accustomed to a mad rush for AJ tickets which has not existed this time around.
Regardless, Joshua’s promoter Hearn has shut down many of the rumours about the exact number of tickets sold.
Hearn told talkSPORT.com: “I’ve never read so much b****cks in my life about tickets.
“We’ve sold 15,000 tickets, we have less than 1,000 tickets left.
“They probably haven’t gone as quickly as I thought they’d go – it’s not easy at the moment.
“But we will be completely sold out on the night without any comps.
“There is a real agenda and a propaganda mission from some people, and it’s total b****cks.”
Joshua vs Franklin live on talkSPORT
Anthony Joshua’s quest to become a three-time heavyweight champion begins on 1 April against Jermaine Franklin and talkSPORT will be live from London’s O2 to bring you coverage of the fight.
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- ‘Total b****cks’ – Eddie Hearn blasts back at claims of struggling ticket sales for Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin as he insists fight will be sold out
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