Former world champion Glenn McCrory made an appearance on Love Sport Radio recently to air his views on the Anthony Joshua situation.
Joshua chose to fight Jarrell Miller ahead of several higher profile options and McCrory believes promoter Eddie Hearn was the driving force on that decision.
“It’s not the greatest challenge in the world for AJ because he is also looked after by Eddie Hearn and that’s come into it. He’s getting both his guys paydays,” McCrory told Love Sport Radio.
“At the end of the day, Anthony Joshua has to go in the ring with a big guy who can punch and who is strong. It’s a tougher part of Anthony Joshua’s career now because it’s not like everything is falling into place.
“There are now another couple of big heavyweights that are taking the headlines in Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. This is where Joshua proves himself.
“This is where we find out what Anthony Joshua is all about. I think he’s a great fighter and he’s learning all the time but this is going to be a tougher time in his career because he’s not going to have all the crowd behind him like he normally does.
“At MSG, there’s going to be a different element.” – (📸 Mark Robinson)
On whether Joshua will eventually fight Wilder or Fury, McCrory added: “We might have to wait.
“We didn’t really expect to have the first Wilder vs Fury fight so soon. We never expected that. It was out of the blue.
“Frank Warren and Tyson Fury played a blinder by jumping in when Joshua looked like he didn’t want the fight. They jumped in and took it. I think that worked out fabulously for them. So it could take a while.
“But remember that when Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier he’d been out for a few years and he came back and lost. It was another three years and 13 fights before he got the chance to fight Frazier again.
“So this is not uncommon in heavyweight boxing.
“There are good fights out there and new fighters coming through. The division is exciting and will continue to get exciting with the influx of good fighters, including British fighters.
“Joe Joyce is going to be in the picture as well,” he added.