THE boxer rumoured to have hurt Anthony Joshua in training has landed his very own mega-fight.
After AJ was crushed by Andy Ruiz Jr and lost all his world titles, pundits and fans tried to make sense of one of boxing’s biggest ever shocks.
Conspiracies surrounding Joshua’s shock defeat came thick and fast but suggestions he suffered a panic attack before his ring walk and a KO in sparring were the most spoken about.
Further rumours emerged that heavyweight Joey Dawejko, who was brought in to mimic Ruiz’s podgy frame, was the man who knocked out AJ in sparring.
However, speaking to IFL TV Joshua’s promoter Hearn revealed the Brit superstar was “absolutely not” floored in sparring by Dawejko, or any other heavyweight.
And now the 29-year-old Philadelphia boxer, a complete unknown to most, will challenge a man well-known for his KO power.
Murat Gassiev, who has been operating at cruiserweight, will step up for his heavyweight debut against Dawejko on July 27.
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Gassiev has only lost one fight, against Oleksandr Usyk, and has 19 KOs from 26 wins.
Dawejko brings to the ring a pretty average fight record of 19 wins, seven defeats and four draws.
Speaking previously about whether the Dwejko KO of Joshua was true, Hearn told iFL TV: “A journalist messaged me the next day, ‘We heard he got knocked out by Agit Kabayel’. I said Agit Kabayel wasn’t 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’.
“I’m not in camp. I speak to AJ, I speak to Rob [McCracken], I speak to all the people. No [he wasn’t knocked out], not at all. They had two spars. Not at all.
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“How many times has AJ had a fight where the rumours are he’s 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 he’s not the kind of guy who would sort of deny or hide from it.”