Frank Warren Responds To Eddie Hearn Questioning If Fury Wanted To Fight Joshua
Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren has responded to Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn blaming Tyson Fury’s team for the Anthony Joshua deal falling apart.
It looked as if Joshua vs. Fury was an “all systems go” situation. The undisputed title fight was penciled in for August 14 in Saudi Arabia. For once, all parties seemed to agree that the fight had a high chance of taking place. Ultimately, Deontay Wilder won an arbitration, which means he’s legally owed a third fight with Fury by September 15.
Hearn has placed the blame on Fury’s team, theorizing that “The Gypsy King’s” camp never wanted the “AJ” fight to begin with.
Warren told The Sun that this is a ludicrous claim.
“At the start of the year, all parties involved in the fight – fighters, promoters, managers – all signed a contract as to how the negotiations would take place. In that agreement there was a clause that made it very clear there was an arbitration situation going on as far as Tyson is concerned – so everyone was aware of it and that we were awaiting the outcome of that.
“There was another clause in there regarding confidentiality and that we would make announcements together so that we would all be on the same page. Within a very short space of time, Eddie Hearn breached that agreement by making announcements. Every week there was something, announcements about announcements, the fight is done, and so forth.
“That was totally untrue. The fight wasn’t done, it wasn’t signed and every time I did an interview I just said the truth. All these announcements, that were being made on a regular basis by Hearn, I don’t think helped and caused a lot of confusion.”
Warren went on to say that Hearn’s story doesn’t add up.
“Usyk had written to the WBO – and subsequently all parties concerned – saying that they will be suing if the fight goes ahead. So even if we had won the arbitration we would still be sued by Usyk. There would have been an action and they would have been looking for injunctions to stop it.
“So that wasn’t dealt with or brought to anybody’s attention. Pot, kettle, and all that from Hearn. One minute he is telling everybody I’m not involved at all in the negotiations – and now it is my fault.”
Fury will put his WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Titles on the line against Deontay Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas. Joshua’s next opponent isn’t official but Oleksandr Usyk is planning on using his WBO mandatory status to get the fight.