Anthony Joshua’s boxing return revealed by Eddie Hearn as promoter names venue for heavyweight star’s next fight

ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to make his boxing return in spring at the O2 Arena.

The two-time heavyweight champion took some time away from the ring following consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.

ReutersAnthony Joshua is set to make his boxing return in spring at the O2 Arena[/caption]

Names like Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder have been linked with AJ, who alongside Hearn is plotting for a massive 2023.

But such quality would warrant stadium shows in the UK and Joshua is set to head back to the O2 for the first time since 2016.

Discussing Matchroom’s plans, boss Hearn told International Boxing News: “Lot’s going on, Liverpool coming up, O2 again with AJ. Much to do.”

Joshua, 33, has not boxed at the O2 since knocking out Dominic Breazeale, 37, in his first-ever title defence.

He has since headlined at Wembley, The Principality and Tottenham’s Stadium as well as Madison Square Garden and in Saudi Arabia.

With a return to the O2 eyed, it all but rules out Whyte, 34, and Wilder, 37, as immediate opponents for AJ.

Otto Wallin, 30, is another potential alternative after revealing talks with Joshua’s team.

But Hearn has names in the pipeline for a comeback fight lined up for the first quarter of 2023.

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He said to iFL TV: “He’ll be fighting in the spring for sure.”

Hearn added: “I don’t want to give you too many names, because people get excited, disappointed, moan.

“Just wait and see. It will be a top 15 guy and he’ll be ready to show the world he’s coming for the heavyweight title again.”

Eddie Hearn pictured at Josh Warrington’s fight in LeedsMark Robinson Matchroom Boxing