Eddie Hearn Regrets Doing This During Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Event: ‘I Shouldn’t Have Done It’

Published 09/28/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
MANCHESTER , UNITED KINGDOM – 2 November 2019; Promoter Eddie Hearn in attendance at the Manchester Arena, England, ahead of the WBO Women’s Super-Lightweight World title fight between Katie Taylor and Christina Linardatou. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


Eddie Hearn wasn’t thrilled with how the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk event turned out. His client ‘AJ’ lost the heavyweight titles in a lopsided war via unanimous decision. The outcome also derailed Hearn’s plans to stage a mega-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Hence, the Matchroom Kingpin, who was clearly vexed, released all of it when a fan tried to mock him.

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On his way back to the greenroom, Hearn came across an unruly fan who threw on verbal slurs. While the Matchroom chief could have overlooked it, he stuck around and responded.

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A few days after the incident, Eddie Hearn, in a chat with IFL TV, detailed the real reason behind such actions. He also apologized for going after the fan.

“I shouldn’t have done it, but we spend our lives listening to people online that give you abuse… It’s not because I’m a tough guy. At that moment I would’ve taken on about 40 people. But yeah, I shouldn’t have done it,” said the Brit promoter (H/T:- Michael Benson).

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The after-effects of Joshua vs Usyk have changed the entire course of the heavyweight division. Anthony Joshua is no longer a champion and seems far from the current top-tier status after his defeat. While Joshua vs Usyk 2 looks favorable to happen soon, ‘AJ’ will have to re-start his championship tale.

Eddie Hearn has nothing but faith in Anthony Joshua

The entire world crumbled down before Joshua as he suffered his second professional defeat. This massive dent provoked several critics to come out and lash at ‘AJ’. But Hearn is still staunch in his support of the former world champion. Following the fight, the promoter took to social media, posted a picture of Anthony Joshua, and expressed his overview of the boxer.

Hearn wrote, “Always proud of you. Never ducked a challenge and always humble in victory and defeat. As you always say L is for lessons and I know you will be back stronger!”

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Thus, as the Hearn-AJ pair is far from being done, we can expect them to return shortly and stage another epic heavyweight contest, i.e. Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2.

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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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