Arum said that he believes an eventual fight between Fury and Joshua should take place in the UK next year, but Hearn has argued that he isn’t talking sensibly about his plans
Eddie Hearn has slammed Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum over comments he made about holding the undisputed world title fight with Anthony Joshua in the UK.
Arum told reporters during the week that he feels both fighters should take a substantial pay cut so that they could fight early next year at either Wembley Stadium or the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
“My hope is that the fight goes to the UK,” Arum told Sky Sports. “I don’t care what the money is.
“Both fighters owe the UK fans this tremendous event at Wembley or Cardiff, rather than taking it to a foreign country.”
But Hearn has hit back at those comments, telling IFL TV that he believes Arum is being unrealistic and bringing up fan’s hopes for no reason.
“Maybe I’m just too honest,” Hearn joked, before unleashing one of his infamous rants.
“Let me tell you this, do you honestly think that Bob Arum would do the fight in the UK for half the money that was available elsewhere? Honestly, ask yourself that question.
“I’ve never heard so much b******* in my whole life, ‘oh let’s do it in the UK, the UK deserves it man! I don’t see a problem making the fight’.
“Yeah because it’s been smooth as you like so far hasn’t it?”
Hearn continued to say that he thinks Arum will change his tune when contracts are on the table to be signed for the massive heavyweight showdown.
“I don’t even think that he’s intentionally lying,” Hearn said. “I just think that it’s waffle.
“But when the money comes through, what I’ll do is I’ll say ‘Bob, I saw your quote where you said you want this fight.’
“So as long as his man is ready to take half the money, which means half of his commission, I’ll ask him ‘are you good with that, yeah?’ We’ll see.”
Joshua and Fury were scheduled to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but when an arbitration ruling ordered Fury to fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy, the bout was shelved.
Joshua will now face his mandatory challenger; the legendary former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in London.
“That fight isn’t even worth discussing at the moment,” Hearn continued. “They had their chance to make that fight, and they never had any interest or intention of making that fight.
“Now they want to talk about that fight so they can help to build Fury against Wilder which is flat as a pancake.
“So we’re fighting Usyk, Joshua vs Usyk September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in an absolutely massive fight.
“It’s gold medal vs gold medal [from the 2012 Olympic Games], unified heavyweight champion vs undisputed cruiserweight champion.
“You do your thing, we’ll do ours, you win your fight and we win ours, then we’ll talk about how keen you are to do this fight in the UK.
“February as well, that’s a lovely time to do a fight in the Uk obviously as well, Bob will love Wales for that one, and then we’ll talk but until then don’t worry.
“This fight is going to do huge numbers on TV, it’s probably going to sell out on the first day and we are just going to focus on our business, which is probably what we should have done.”