Frank Warren’s damning Eddie Hearn accusation after Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua collapse

Tyson Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, claims Eddie Hearn contributed to the downfall of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua’s undisputed mega-fight with his regular updates on negotiations.

Queensbury boss Warren also accused Matchroom opposite number Hearn, who represents Joshua, of breaking strict confidentiality agreements while talks were taking place.

The details of Fury and Joshua’s £200million encounter were finally agreed in April, with an August date set and a venue located in Saudi Arabia.

But months of back and forth at the negotiating table came crashing down in mid-May as an arbitration panel ruled Fury must face previous opponent Deontay Wilder in a third fight.

Warren lodged serious accusations against Hearn as their war of words rages on

Hearn has since claimed he cannot trust Warren or Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum, after the collapse of the all-British showdown.

But Warren has returned fire at his rival promoter, highlighting alleged breaches of the confidentiality agreement which could have contributed to the widely-unpopular arbitration verdict.

“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,” said Warren.

“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.”

WBC champion Fury is contractually obliged to face Wilder for a third time after their draw in December 2018 and the Gypsy King’s victory in February 2020.

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But Warren claims there is a similar situation regarding unified champion Joshua and the mandatory challenger for his WBO heavyweight belt, Oleksandr Usyk.

“Usyk had written to the WBO – and subsequently all parties concerned – saying that they will be suing if the fight goes ahead,” he added.

“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.”

With Fury set to face Wilder in trilogy bout in late July, talks are underway for AJ to face former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk this summer, with a British venue touted.


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