The head of the Matchroom Boxing promotion company Eddie Hearn began to suspect that the members of Tyson Fury’s team did not particularly want a fight with his ward Anthony Joshua.
“The question is, who really wanted this fight,” Hearn said. “Because if you go back in time and read the comments, you will notice that none of them, except Tyson Fury, sounded like they were really interested in this fight. AJ believes that Fury never wanted to fight him, and he I just had to be promoted at the expense of his name. I’m not sure about that. I saw Tyson Fury, and I would like to believe that his desire was sincere.
I’ve seen some people comment, “Oh Eddie, don’t you think these guys are fooling you?” If that was really the case: fuck them! After all, this is not a business of deceiving other people, I am engaged in organizing big fights and trying to promote my fighters.
For five months, I listened to Bob Arum and Frank Warren telling me that I couldn’t pull this trade and knock out the right money. But we did everything we promised and now you [Арум] you tell me it’s over. I asked him, “What are you going to do about this?” He said, “We’re going to fight Wilder.” Then I told him: “We need to discuss this. You can make him refuse? And the deal was concluded? After all, there is always an amount with which you can begin to negotiate.” But he told me that they would fight, after which I hung up.
At that time, I was confused. It took me a while to digest everything. I just thought to myself how Tyson Fury called them, saying: “What have you done there? I was going to earn 60 million dollars. It was a fight for the absolute championship. I don’t want to fight Deontay Wilder again.” But he didn’t. He was like, “Okay, I’m fighting Wilder. Let’s go.” It’s all just disgusting. “