Eddie Hearn, the head of Matchroom, is no stranger to controversy. His recent comments about Tyson Fury have caused a stir in the boxing world. Hearn believes that Fury is to blame for the holdup in negotiations for the undisputed heavyweight championship fight with Oleksandr Usyk. Hearn pointed to the fact that his fighter, Anthony Joshua, fought Usyk twice without any issues during negotiations.
Hearn accused Fury of being greedy and not being the draw he thinks he is. Fury has insisted that Usyk deserves only a 30% split against his 70% from the revenue of the fight. Hearn believes that Fury is asking for too much money and is not willing to compromise. Hearn also took a swipe at Fury for his comments on social media, where he said he would fight for free as long as the tickets were free for the general public.
Hearn believes that Fury is not focused on legacy and is only interested in money. He urged the public to wake up to what he feels is a charade from Fury. Hearn also patted himself on the back, saying he is the only promoter of note who has promoted shows in the Middle East. Hearn has staged three heavyweight championship boxing matches in the Middle East, all three featuring Joshua, including the two fights with Usyk.
The negotiations for the Fury-Usyk fight went south after the promoters were unable to consummate a deal with investors from Saudi Arabia, where both fighters would have been paid handsomely. Now that the fight has pivoted to London’s Wembley Arena on April 29, the payouts are accordingly smaller. Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, recently expressed doubt that April 29 is still viable for the fight.
Hearn’s comments are not surprising given his close association with Joshua. Hearn has always been a vocal supporter of Joshua and has always tried to promote him as the best heavyweight in the world. Hearn’s comments will only add to the already tense relationship between the two camps. Fury has always been a thorn in the side of Joshua, and Hearn’s comments will only add fuel to the fire.
In conclusion, Hearn’s comments about Fury are not surprising given his close association with Joshua. Hearn believes that Fury is asking for too much money and is not focused on legacy. Fury, on the other hand, believes that he deserves a bigger split of the revenue from the fight. The negotiations for the Fury-Usyk fight have hit a snag, and it remains to be seen whether the fight will take place on April 29 at London’s Wembley Arena.