Eddie Hearn Addresses Drug Remarks ref. Anthony Joshua

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Eddie Hearn has addressed recent jibes from Joseph Parker regarding drug testing

The King of Steroids, was the jibe aimed by Joseph Parker at Anthony Joshua after the press conference for the March 31st bout last week, Parker was then warned by his promoter to ease off a drugs talk regarding the UK heavyweight champion, Eddie Hearn then went on to address the situation hopefully putting the matter to bed.
“The main problem, I feel, is in other countries but Britain is doing well. We have the UKAD random testing. It means Joshua was tested six times in the build-up to his last camp. Other fighters are getting knocks on the door at 3am for testing,” Hearn told The Independent.

“I really believe it’s a problem that’s being solved. Where we are now compared to two or three years ago is night and day,” he added.

“In America, or other countries, there is no testing at all other than around the event, although that is changing,” said the Matchroom boss.

Hearn stated the UK have it better than most, although believes it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the world catches up.

Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz and Shannon Briggs have all tested positive in the 200 pound plus division, highlighting that the division may have issues, all 3 of those fighters are now back in contention for a title shot, potentially at Joshua in the next twelve to eighteen months, due to what is seen as a slack policy adopted by those handing out the punishments.

Does the sport need sterner punishments than the 6 month ban ?

Hearn discussing Ortiz ban in Sept. 2017 with Behind the Gloves.

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