Eddie Hearn has rubbished suggestions Anthony Joshua was knocked out by Joey Dawejko shortly before his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. and says his facial injuries were not the result of sparring.
The Brit lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts to the unfancied Mexican last week at Madison Square Garden, having been knocked down four times in the bout.
It has since been rumoured that AJ was floored by Dawejko in his training camp and was still feeling the effects at the Garden, but Hearn insists nothing untoward happened.
Asked about the rumours, he told IFL TV: A journalist messaged me the next day, “We heard he got knocked out by Agit Kabayel”. I said Agit Kabayel wasnt in the camp.
They said, “Who else did he spar with?” I said he sparred with Joey Dawejko. [They said] “Oh, Joey Dawejko knocked him out”.
Probed further on the rumours, he continued: Im not in camp. I speak to AJ, I speak to Rob [McCracken], I speak to all the people. No [he wasnt knocked out], not at all. They had two spars. Not at all.
How many times has AJ had a fight where the rumours are hes been dropped in camp? Every fight. And actually the only one that when you speak to AJ he talks about is David Price dropped him in sparring. And actually hes not the kind of guy who would sort of deny or hide from it.
Asked if he was dropped in sparring, Hearn added: No, no. I mean, again, I wasnt there. I speak to 12 people that were there. Absolutely not is the response.
AJ was sporting some cuts on his face and what appeared to be a shiner below his eye going into the fight, fuelling the rumours, but Hearn says it was from physiotherapy.