Tyson Fury: Eddie Hearn and His Father Made the Biggest Mistake of Their Lives When They Didn’t Sign Me

Published 06/12/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury’s journey, not only as a boxer but as a human, has been really interesting. Battling mental health issues after defeating Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was on the verge of losing it all. But Fury made a turnaround in his life with the help of boxing.

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Recently, ‘The Gypsy King’ has revealed that the road to a comeback was not only difficult physically for him, but business-wise as well. Speaking with the Daily Mail UK, Fury shared his dealings with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and his father Barry Hearn when he was thinking of making a comeback.

“I have to say that he and his father Barry made the biggest mistake of their lives when they didn’t sign me after three years out of action. We met, but they thought I would never lose the weight, that I wouldn’t even make the comeback, that they’d lose their money,” the Heavyweight champion said.

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UNIONDALE, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn looks on before the Daniel Jacobs vs Luis Arias Middleweight bout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fury and Hearn have sparred online over the years. The two have a history of not liking each other. Yet, Fury was quick to address that the British promoter is in fact good at his job.

“Eddie’s good at his job. For a young man, he’s done fantastic over the past few years. From three-rounders with Prizefighter, he’s gone on to monopolize Sky and sign excellent fighters here in America with DAZN. It doesn’t matter if I like him or not. I can only comment on what I see,” Fury said.

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Tyson Fury’s journey back to the top

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury enters the ring prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tyson Fury had taken a hiatus from the sport that lasted 924 days after beating Klitschko in 2015.

The champ had struggled to maintain his sanity after reaching the pinnacle of the sport, confessing he felt directionless after. He struggled with mental health issues to reclaim the most coveted prize in all prizefighting- The Heavyweight strap of Professional Boxing. Fury apparently approached the Hearns when he was just thinking of getting back in the ring.

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“I had a chance to sign him in Monaco, I think I could have signed him. I didn’t want to give him the fights that he wanted to take at the time, because I thought it was just too much money and the fights weren’t good enough – and I probably should have done it, to be honest with you,” Hearn had said in the past

After beating Deontay Wilder and claiming the WBC Heavyweight championship, Fury was scheduled to face Anthony Joshua next. The winner of the bout would have been crowned the unified, undisputed champion of the world. However, because of contractual obligations, the Fury-Joshua bout had to be scrapped. Fury would instead face Deontay Wilder for the third time in July.

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What do you think happens in the trilogy fight? Do you think Fury would beat ‘The Bronze Bomber’ again?

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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