Eddie Hearn Explains Why He’ll Never Sign Tyson Fury

Published 09/04/2021, 5:31 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury during his heavyweight bout against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury, arguably the most popular British boxer of the era, is jointly promoted by American agency Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. However, Eddie Hearn had a chance of signing ‘The Gypsy King’ back when the heavyweight star had returned from a long layoff.

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While Matchroom Promotions ducked the chance in the past, they don’t intend to change things in the future. Hearn has several reasons behind taking the decision, and he has explained it all in the latest chat with IFL TV,

When asked whether he will sign Tyson Fury, Eddie Hearn said, “No, because I have got AJ [Anthony Joshua] and I can’t give my heart in that situation.”

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“When that fight happens (AJ vs Fury), I don’t want both fighters in that fight. Financially, I would love both fighters in the fight. But I don’t want both fighters. I want to walk in with AJ.”

That said, Eddie Hearn had eyed the potential AJ vs Fury fight for a long time and almost materialized it in August. Sadly, the matchup fell off with Deontay Wilder’s sudden intervention.

Hence, Matchroom booked the WBA-WBO, IBF, IBO champion, Anthony Joshua, against Oleksandr Usyk for September 25. Given this, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua stand far away from each other at the time.

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Both men have big tests ahead, and only time will tell whether they will ever enter the potential fight talks again. Matchroom Promotions and Top Rank have appeared optimistic about hosting the Brits against each other. But there’s a lot more to see before we can expect the fantasy to turn into a reality.

Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua- The Heavyweight Dream

On beating their respective opponents in Wilder and Usyk, Fury and Joshua can settle the much-awaited unification fight against each other. However, it will be extremely demanding. Deontay Wilder (42-1-1), looking for retribution, has had a smooth camp in response to Fury’s camp, which suffered the complications of Covid-19.

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Meanwhile, ‘AJ’ will go against an undefeated cruiserweight elite, rightly making his ingress in the heavyweight division. Hence, neither Joshua, nor ‘The Gypsy King’, can afford to overlook their opponents. This makes it hard to picture a static scenario of the heavyweight division, which is blooming with several big names now.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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