Joshua signs career-long Matchroom deal ahead of Usyk defence

Anthony Joshua has signed a new promotional deal ahead of his next world title defence.
The unified WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titleholder returns to the ring on Saturday night.
Joshua, who turned pro under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom eight years ago after winning Olympic gold at London 2012, defends his belts against former undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
And ‘AJ’ has committed his promotional future to Hearn and Matchroom, before his showdown against the Ukrainian which will be streamed in the rest of the world on DAZN while being shown in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports Box Office at a cost of £24.95, by agreeing a new ‘career-long’ contract.
“We’ve built some great foundations over the years and I appreciate Matchroom – the company, the team, the family business,” said Joshua regarding his new deal, replacing the previous one which was set to expire after his fight this weekend.
“That’s kind of what drew me towards [signing a new deal] as well, the integrity that the Hearns have when it comes to boxing and business.”
Hearn, who recently left Sky Sports to join forces with DAZN on a full-time basis, echoes Joshua’s sentiments after the news of the new deal.
He said: “There is something quite special about sharing a journey together from the professional debut to the day the gloves are hung up, but it takes a huge amount of belief and unwavering loyalty.
“Just like we did from the debut, myself and the great team at Matchroom will continue to work relentlessly for Anthony in the many chapters that remain.”
Interestingly, Joshua’s exclusive broadcast deal with Sky Sports Box Office in the UK ends after his fight with Usyk on Saturday night and there has yet to be a decision revealed regarding the future of the TV rights to one of world boxing’s biggest stars.

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