Eddie Hearn Recalls Tyson Fury’s Eerie Mind Games: ‘It’s Bizarre’

Published 02/13/2021, 2:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury works out in front of Los Angeles media in advance of his highly anticipated WBC Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder on December 1at Churchill Boxing Club on October 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury has brilliant technical abilities and is one of the best punchers in the division. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ can also get under the veins of his adversaries. The undefeated WBC heavyweight champion has often exhibited intense mind games inside the ring. These turned him more treacherous for his opponents.

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Matchroom MD, Eddie Hearn, has reflected on one of Fury’s antics while referring to the upcoming fight between him and Anthony Joshua. Hearn manages the unified heavyweight champion ‘AJ’; Fury is with Bob Arum‘s Top Rank. But, Tyson Fury would still face time Hearn on certain occasions.

Recalling the incident, Hearn opened up with Express Sport and said, “Sometimes I’ve woken up and it’s like 12:30pm and I’ve just seen missed call, Fury FaceTime. I’ve called him back a couple of times and he hasn’t picked it up. He’s just a wind-up merchant, I think it’s great. Where else are you going to get a sport like that?”

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While Hearn acknowledges the sport of boxing, he also understands the mind games beneath it. Especially when two of the prime heavyweight champions will collide.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 11: Boxer Tyson Fury works out at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on June 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will face Tom Schwarz in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Matchroom Director added, “Two blokes that are about to punch each other’s head in and he’s FaceTiming me. The mind games are going to be a big part of this fight. That’s another dynamic. Part of the promotion, part of the build-up and part of what’s going to make this fight so big. I think they’ve argued over text, they’ve argued over FaceTime. It’s bizarre.”

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The heavyweight matchup has had its seed planted over years. Joshua and Fury have often engaged in verbal banter. Starting from Internet call-outs to television interviews, the two have always boasted their prowess over the other.

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However, only an in-ring collision can determine the better man. Meanwhile, the heavyweight champions will lock horns this year and will reportedly participate in an immediate rematch. So, the upcoming heavyweight ride will demand a lot from both the pugilists. That said, mind games can complement the in-ring skills to determine the ultimate champion between them.

How important do you think mind games will be in the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight?

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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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