Eddie Hearn responds to a fan who confronted him following Anthony Joshua’s loss.
After Anthony Joshua was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, Eddie Hearn had a verbal spat with a fan.
Following Anthony Joshua’s loss against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, Eddie Hearn apologized for a verbal altercation with a spectator. The British boxer was astonished by the Ukrainian fighter’s brilliant performance, which saw him win the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles on all three judges’ scorecards.
Joshua cut a somber figure after the loss, but his promoter Hearn was anything but as he escorted the 31-year-old back to the dressing room.
After a close fan said, “Hey Eddie you pussy,” Hearn, 42, became enraged and asked the offender three times, “What did you say?”
When Hearn didn’t get a reaction, he pointed at his heckler and yelled, “You s*** yourself then, didn’t you?” before following Joshua and his entourage out of the arena.
The video was shared on Twitter by Michael Benson, talkSPORT’s Online Boxing Editor, and it generated a lot of laughs, with many commenting on how Hearn appeared to mute the previously loud fan.
Hearn, on the other hand, has now stated that his anger got the better of him and that he was wrong to react that way.
“I shouldn’t have done that,” he told iFL TV, “but we spend our life listening to people online who insult you.”
“It’s not because I’m a tough guy,” says the narrator. I would have taken on roughly 40 people at that time! But, certainly, I probably shouldn’t have.” The incident added to the Matchroom Chairman’s poor night, since Joshua’s loss is likely to put an end to any immediate plans for a long-awaited rematch with fellow British heavyweight Tyson Fury.
Instead, Joshua will focus on triggering his rematch clause with the undefeated Usyk, 34, with Hearn already admitting that his client will not be the favorite the second time around.
“The fighter in AJ has already stated that he wants to win the rematch. It was a humbling defeat. In the ninth, I was within striking distance of Usyk, but he snatched it away from me. He’ll be beaten again if it happens again,” Hearn remarked after the fight.
“Usyk’s self-assurance will be at an all-time high. He must assert himself, but there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm-ups at the level of AJ. You’ve landed on the “Brinkwire Summary News.”