- Antony Joshua has continued to receive backlash over his comments
- The British boxer made a speech during a Black Lives Matter protest at Watford
- Eddie Hearn has disclosed that the two-time champion is hurt
Top boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has disclosed that following the backlash and criticisms Anthony Joshua received for his speech during the Black Lives Matter protest, the boxer is hurt.
Joshua was accused of being a racist for his comments during the protests at Watford following the death of black US citizen George Floyd who died in police custody.
The two-time heavyweight champion joined the fight against brutality against the black race in his hometown in Watford.
The 30-year-old Brit who recently suffered a minor injury while on lockdown needed a pair of crutches to join the protest with the slogan 'Black Lives Matter'.
"Show them where it hurts,” Joshua was seen in as footage as saying. “Abstain from spending your money in their shops and economies, and invest in black-owned businesses."
Fans on social media are not finding it funny and are outraged at the comments saying the champion is a racist.
Promoter Eddie Hearn admits his man has been affected by some of the reaction in recent days.
"He read someone's speech out, which he may have phrased differently, if he had read it himself," the Matchroom boss told Sky Sports News.
"It wasn't his words, but he did speak some of his own words as well, which was about uplifting his community, investing in his community, which is Watford, and he's got a seven-figure investment that he's putting into his own town soon to give people more opportunities.
"I've known Anthony Joshua for eight years. I know him inside out. It hurts when some of the accusations have been flying his way."
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury stand a chance to earn about £70 million each if they stage their heavyweight unification bout next year.
Both British boxers are in possession of all the belts in their category and they have reached an agreement to face-off in a two-legged encounter in 2021.
Reports claim that the winner of the first leg would win double of his take-home when they clash in the final round of the meeting according to the deal they agreed in principle.
Legit.ng earlier reported that British boxing legend Tyson Fury has been hailed by fans after posting the conversation between him and his son on social media where the boy confessed spilling a diet coke on his dad's new car.
Following his remarkable victory over Deontay Wilder recently, Tyson Fury has been spending time with his family as he prepares for a trilogy against the American boxer.
His wife had even suggested that she wants her husband to retire from boxing after fighting Anthony Joshua in a duel that is expected to come up next year.
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