Promoter Bob Arum has accused Eddie Hearn of ‘playing it slow’ in negotiations surrounding Tyson Fury’s fight against Anthony Joshua.
The countrymen were in talks to fight on December 3, but talks stalled and no treaties were signed. Arum says Hearn didn’t want to fight from the start, so he slowed talks so deals wouldn’t be agreed.
‘The first edition was good, there are different ones [TV] networks involved,” Arum told Sky Sports. “So a meeting was held and lo and behold, all the networks unsubscribed and found a way to do it.
“Well, Mr. Hearn chimed in and didn’t want the fight to happen from the start, so he played it slow. I’ve been in this business for almost 60 years, so I can tell when someone doesn’t want something to happen and then play a negotiation slow. Once the percentages were settled, there were no real problems here. They could sit in a room for three hours and get everything done, but Hearn refused to do so.
“I think that was awful on his part because I know Frank Warren and Queensberry partner George were willing to meet Eddie in person and work things out, I mean there were no issues so there wasn’t any Fighting where there’s no problem because a promoter doesn’t want it to happen and is in a delaying position is reprehensible in my opinion.”
The fight would have given Joshua another try at becoming the defending heavyweight champion again after failing to regain his belts in his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight would also have seen Fury come out of retirement, and Arum isn’t the only person to blame Hearn for blowing up the fight.
Taking to social media, Fury’s father John said: “This is a video for Eddie Hearn. Mr Brains of Britain. Let me explain to you my friend how you cost your husband over £100million,” Fury Sr said in a video on social media.
“£15 million as a transitional allowance. free money Then Tyson would have gone and done what AJ couldn’t. He went and beat Usyk and brought all the belts back to the UK.
“Meanwhile, AJ could have picked up a couple of easy wins – another £30m – and then he could have challenged Tyson for the belt. Well, who knows what numbers would have done what.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/eddie-hearn-tyson-fury-anthony-joshua-b2196054.html Eddie Hearn has been accused of ‘slowing down’ talks between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua