Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua seems to have pushed his defeat to Andy Ruiz last weekend behind him after advising fans "not to let failure get into their hearts".
Many fighters, including Amir Khan, have spoken out to suggest that Joshua shouldn't take the rematch as the result would not be any different second time around.
Hearn said if the fight takes place in the United Kingdom, it likely would be at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs), 29, has drawn sold-out crowds of about 80,000. You know, if they want me to go over there they have to give me $50 million dollars. "If you put Joshua in with Wilder or Fury in the United States, it wouldnt sell at all. who the f*** is going to pay to see that fight?"More news: Raytheon, United Technologies to merge
Anthony Joshua may have been hurt worse than he let on during his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
Ruiz, also 29, took the fight at short notice after Joshua's original opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed drug tests.
Hearn said if the fight is in the US, they only want to have it back at Madison Square Garden.More news: Pelicans Provide Framework For Anthony Davis Trade Package
"Ruiz's confidence is going to go through the roof; AJ's confidence probably isn't going to be the same".
"Maybe he took this, subconsciously, too easy", Hearn told Mannix. "Lots of stuff to explore still and MSG, Vegas, London, Cardiff, I don't know", Hearn said. "I didn't remember where I was'". "He didn't leave the house [he was renting in New York's West Village] all week", Hearn said.
Hearn denied reports that an injury in sparring left Joshua compromised on fight night, or that Joshua suffered a prefight panic attack. I know him very, very well.More news: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Covers Nine Movies In One Game
"Rubbish", Hearn said. "We need to start giving Ruiz the credit". The only thing that happened in the dressing room was he had to change his groin protector at the last minute because the one he was wearing was riding up and uncomfortable when he was warming up.