Frank Warren, co-promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, responded to his colleague Eddie Hearn over claims of disrupting the unification bout with Anthony Joshua. According to Warren, even before the negotiations began, Hearn was aware that the case for the third fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder was pending in court and the parties were awaiting a verdict.
“At the beginning of the year, all parties involved in the negotiations signed a contract, which indicated how the negotiations would be held. These are fighters, promoters, managers. There was a clause in this agreement that made it very clear that the case for the third fight between Tyson and Deontay was being considered in court, and we were waiting for the results. So everyone knew about the risks and how it could end, ”Warren said.
Frank also claims that the constant violation of the clauses of the contract by Hearn and his statements about Wilder’s managers also became the cause of the breakdown of the fight between Fury and Joshua.
“Also in the contract there was a clause on confidentiality and that we will make all announcements together. In a very short time, Eddie violated this clause by making a statement. He announced something every week, but most of the information he submitted was not true. The fight was not over. All these announcements that Hearn made only hurt the organization of the fight and caused confusion.
In addition, Shelley Finkel and Al Haymon, who work with Wilder, were not interested in the reward and made it clear that they wanted a fight. Probably, this was facilitated by Eddie Hearn’s entire statement to Shelley Finkel. I’m sure he basically didn’t want to do Eddie a favor, ”added Warren.