Hearn Blames Top Rank For Fury-Schwarz
Tom Schwarz has been handed a major opportunity, as he will face former unified heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury on June 15th.
While Schwarz is the WBO’s #2 contender, promoter Eddie Hearn was confused when reports came out that Schwarz was considered to face current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“Don’t be absolutely ridiculous. Am I sure? 100 percent,” Hearn told IFL TV when asked if Schwarz was a contender for Joshua.
“When are you talking about? For his debut? No, no. I might be talking in like his [Joshua’s] sixth or seventh fight, not taking the p**s, genuinely, at that level, did someone say to me, ‘what about Tom Schwarz?’ I don’t know. From when he [Joshua] won the world title, even before that, no,” Hearn claimed.
“Maybe when he boxed the likes of the Russian [Denis Bakhtov] or Jason Gavern, those kind of people, you know when he was like 6-0, 7-0, 8-0, did someone say to me ‘what about Tom Schwarz?’ – who might have been 10-0 at the time – maybe. But never.
In regards to Schwarz stepping up to face Fury after the “Gypsy King” went the distance with Deontay Wilder in December, he believes Fury’s new promoters at Top Rank set Fury into a no-win situation.
“I don’t blame Tyson Fury [for facing Schwarz]. Top Rank are the ones who should be saying what are we doing here? Again, fair play to Tyson. ‘But when you’ve been mandated to fight Deontay Wilder, the rematch of supposedly the fight of the year, and you turn it down and walk away and fight Tom Schwarz, it don’t look great.”
Transcribed: Boxing Scene