Hearn hits back at Arum over Anthony Joshua’s failed fight with Tyson Fury and calls him ‘greediest man I’ve ever met’

EDDIE HEARN hit back at Bob Arum after he was accused of failing to deliver Anthony Joshua’s fight with Tyson Fury for being too ‘greedy’.

Hearn had struck up a deal for the two heavyweight champions to historically put all the heavyweight titles on the line on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.

Promoter Eddie Hearn pictured with Anthony Joshua

Bob Arum accused Eddie Hearn of getting ‘greedy’ in negotiations between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

But just as a deal was set to be confirmed, Deontay Wilder was awarded the right to a trilogy bout with Fury after a drawn out arbitration case.

Arum was critical of Hearn and claimed they could have had the fight signed and sealed had the promoter asked for less.

But the Matchroom Boxing boss denied ever demanding more and argued his rival promoter was the greedy one.

Hearn told iFL TV: “This is a guy, he is unquestionably the greediest man I have ever met in my life, Bob Arum.

“But it’s all very strange, just to put it into perspective; we asked for a deal from Saudi, with the approval of all the parties of what they wanted.

“Are you happy to accept this number? ‘Yes, go and ask them for that Eddie’. I went and asked them for that, they said yes.

“There was no going back for more money or give them TV, it was all agreed between the parties. He is talking absolute s***.

“In fact, he needs to go. What was it Naz said? You just need to go, just finish, just finish.”


Hearn is referring to Naseem Hamed, who in 2018 urged Chris Eubank Jr to retire at the age of only 28 after he was beaten by George Groves.

Joshua’s promoter responded to comments Arum made in an interview with FightHype, where he said: “Eddie screwed everything up.

“The Saudis were happy to pay a tremendous site fee. Eddie got greedy, ‘Pay a bigger amount, take the TV.’

“It dragged on for weeks. I believe if it’d just been a site fee we’d have announced and the arbitrator would’ve given Wilder damages.”

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