Hearn Backs Down On Promoting Tyson
Picking his battles, some opportunities appear to be too bold to take even for Eddie Hearn.
The man who teased a Logan Paul-Antonio Brown fight and who promoted Paul v. KSI II is not interested in hosting a Mike Tyson return fight. Hearn told Sky Sports that the backlash that may come from it would be too much for Matchroom Boxing’s fearless leader.
“We all know my head can be turned for a few quid! You saw my KSI vs Logan Paul fight which I got stick for, but it was a roaring success and I really enjoyed it,” Hearn stated. “It taught me a lot. Imagine if I said: ‘Mike Tyson is returning to the ring and I will promote him!’ The stick I’d get would be unbelievable. It’s not something I’m looking to do.”
Tyson announced his intentions to return to the ring at age 53 for exhibition bouts. Looking in fight shape, Tyson is hoping to make the most of his opportunity. Hearn did give it some thought a while back. He admitted to crossing a few lines and was unsure if this was one he would be willing to cross. This time, he is sure he does not want to do so.
About 12,000 people packed the Staples Center for Paul v. KSI II. There were over 216,000 PPV buys in the United Kingdom alone. Tyson’s first potential fight since 2005 has brought on a media frenzy, especially with promotions wanting to sign him up right away. Still, Hearn is wary about Tyson on his brand.
“I expect him to come back in some sort of exhibition, or something like that. Is that good or enjoyable? I suppose it’s intriguing,” Hearn went on to say. “Tyson looked fantastic on the pads but he’s 53. Look at his last fight against Kevin McBride. He won’t be able to compete at [a high level].
“It’s good to see him training. He’s in great shape. If it keeps him happy then why not keep training? I wouldn’t like to see him fight in the ring professionally.”
So far only Danny Williams, who beat Tyson in 2004, is the only active professional fighter that has challenged Tyson to a fight.
Is Hearn right? Are you interested in seeing Tyson compete?