Bob Arum says Eddie Hearn has “sabotaged” a potential British heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, accusing promoter Matchroom of “slack” negotiations and opposing the fight from the start.
Fury took to social media twice last week to give Joshua and his team a deadline of December 3 to sign a contract, to which the 32-year-old responded by stressing his intention to sign the contract during his comments. in the hands of his lawyers gave the exact details in the game.
Hearn admitted on Monday that talks had broken down and, while open to further discussions, the fight was over “as far as we’re concerned”.
But Arum said Sky Sports who “killed this war” was Hearn.
“He wanted to kill it because even late yesterday [Monday]if he said let’s all get together and sit in a room and do everything, it could be done in a couple of hours,” Arum said.
Matchroom declined to comment when contacted Sky Sports News.
“I mean, really sad because I really believed that both fighters wanted this fight to happen,” Arum said. “The first problem was that different networks were involved. So there was a meeting and, lo and behold, all the networks signed on and they found a way to do it.
“Now, Mr. Hearn got involved, and he didn’t want the fight to happen in the first place, so he slowed it down. I’ve been in the business for about 60 years, so I can say that when somebody doesn’t want something to happen, and then slow- He plays the game of negotiation.
“There was no real problem here when the interest was determined. You could sit in a room for three hours and get it all done, but Hearn refused to do that. I think it was terrible of him. was because I know Frank Warren and George, the Queensberry partners, were willing to meet Eddie in person and sort things out.
“I mean there was no problem, for a fight to not happen where there is no problem because a promoter doesn’t want it to happen and is in a deadlock is reprehensible in my opinion. “
Hearn suggested that Arum had watered down the potential fight by expressing doubt that it would happen.
“I might have said I thought it wouldn’t happen, but it was because I knew Eddie, I knew Eddie would find a way to sabotage the fight,” Arum said.
“Now, I mean, isn’t that funny? ‘Bob said there wasn’t going to be a fight, so it’s not my fault.’ What do you say? Get in a room with Frank Warren and his son George and do Do some issues that are really nothing and struggle.
“However, Eddie Hearn really has nothing left in his house and he’s clinging to AJ as his only potential attraction.”
While threatening to walk away from the fight if his deadlines were not met, Fury was criticized for his role in hoping to end the fight.
However, Arum insists the WBC heavyweight champion is not to blame, saying people will “blame Eddie Hearn forever” if the fight doesn’t work out.
“Tyson Fury is Tyson Fury. He didn’t go to law school, so he wants to fight if he sets deadlines that aren’t really deadlines because he’s sending a message, get over it and get it done,” Arum said. continued.
“It was obvious that it was. So no one should be blamed for this fight not happening, not Tyson, not AJ, not anyone but Eddie Hearn.”
Meanwhile, Arum is optimistic that Fury will face Alexander Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship in the early months of 2023.
“Absolutely. I’m in almost daily contact with Aegis Klimas, Usyk’s manager, because he’s also the manager of the fighters we promote,” Arum said.
“So I’m always reading about it, and Klimas said in his discussions with potential sites, it would be the last week of February or the first week of March that would suit everyone.”