The Matchroom Boxing supremo appeared to have got the biggest fight in British boxing history over the line courtesy of a record $155million (£109million) site deal with Saudi Arabia. Fury himself even announced the August 14 date and venue in a social media video on Sunday May 16.
Within 24 hours though that grand plan lay in ruins after Deontay Wilder won an arbitration ruling against Fury over their collapsed 2020 trilogy fight. The ruling said Fury must give Wilder that third fight by September 15.
Hearn on Fury vs Joshua collapse
He told the DAZN Boxing Show: “I’m gutted. I said before I felt like a one-man army trying to get this fight made. When you look back quite frankly the whole thing stinks.
“There was never one positive comment from the other side when we were trying to do this deal. I did as much as I could to do it, but I can’t control the other side.”
Hearn says he was told by all concerned that the Wilder arbitration would not be a risk to Fury vs Joshua happening.
“They signed a contract to do this fight and that was everybody. We were told repeatedly the arbitration would not be a problem. There was no way the arbitration could stand in the way of this fight.
Top Rank wanted Wilder fight – Hearn
“The arbitration’s ruling was quite simple when it came out, that Top Rank had the right to terminate his contract from like December. They didn’t terminate it, they kept talking. This was their intention all along to make this fight, that is what now I truly believe.”