Eddie Hearn on His Relationship with Bob Arum: You Could Burn Down His House and Make a Deal with Him the Next Day

Published 05/31/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 10: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum fields questions during a press conference ahead of the world lightweight championship fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla at Staples Center on April 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)


Two of the biggest boxing promoters- Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum have had a few scratches in their professional relationship. However, that hasn’t affected Hearns’s admiration for the 89-year-old veteran promoter. Although they failed to stage the unified heavyweight title fight between Fury and Joshua, Hearn still praised Bob Arum for his unique features.

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The Matchroom chief connected with FightHype.com and said, “Bob’s actually quite good in that respect. Because I think with Bob [Arum] you could literally burn down his house, and I think he would make a deal with you the next morning for something else. Which I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but that is basically the situation.”

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Eddie Hearn added, “I actually love for Bob that because I could give this interview with you now and I could slag off Bob Arum for an hour right? And he would still phone me tomorrow.”

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That said, we can still expect the promoters to stage Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury for all four heavyweight belts. As of now, Joshua is looking to defend his belts against the WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury has confirmed his trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt. The fight is scheduled to happen on July 24 in Las Vegas. So where does it put Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum’s work at this stage?

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Apart from Fury vs Joshua, several alluring matchups have been relevant for both the promoters. Hearn is looking to settle a massive unification between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant at 168 lbs. Also, Top Rank recently hosted Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez, a 140 lbs unification thriller. However, Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua seems to be the biggest of them all.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Eddie Hearn, Boixng promoter looks on prior to the Final Eliminator For WBA World Lightweight Title fight between Anthony Crolla and Daud Yordan of Indonesia at Manchester Arena on November 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

There’s a lot going in the heavyweight division right now. There are legitimate opponents before Joshua and Fury, with several mandataries in the line. Hence, it may be too early to envision the fight happening.

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What did you make of Hearn’s comments on Arum? Is it a sign that no matter what, they will do business and book Fury vs ‘AJ’?

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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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