Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT that British heavyweight Anthony Joshua can be world champion within the year and could become as big as the great Floyd Mayweather.
Olympic champion Joshua is unbeaten in 13 bouts as a professional, managing to beat his opponent before the fourth round in each and every one of them.
Hearn, who describes Joshua as a “python” in the ring, is confident a world title is on the horizon, but, with the promoter still on the search for a fighter who will finally prove a test for the big hitting Brit, he is adamant the 25-year-old needs more rounds to gain experience.
Asked if the Watford-born bruiser will be a world champion within the next 12 months, Hearn told Sunday Scoreboard: “I think so, I think that’s around the right time before he will be challenging.
“He’s number two in the WBC and all the governing bodies are trying to put him up in to the mandatory position already, but he’s just not quite ready.
“It’s really the case of that he needs the rounds, and it’s trying to find people that will give him rounds. It’s very difficult, the price is going up by five, ten, twenty percent every time he gets into the ring.
But the signs are fantastic at the moment – his speed and punch power are frightening. These are very exciting times for British boxing.
“We have got someone, in my opinion, who could be the biggest star in boxing since Floyd Mayweather…or even bigger.
“I think he can transcend the sport, and not just in this country.”
When asked about Joshua’s potential opponents on his road to the world title, Hearn added: “I do like the David Haye fight at Wembley next year, that’s a great fight.
“I also like the Deontay Wilder fight, the [Wladimir] Klitschko fight and the [Tyson] Fury fight. He’s not going to have a problem with any of them and he’s going to do huge numbers at all times.”