Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing operation promotes IBF, WBA and WBO king Joshua, and had the opportunity to snap up Fury as well back in 2017 as he was preparing to begin his epic comeback.
“I had a chance to sign him. I was in Monaco, I think I could have signed him,” Hearn told Sky Sports ‘Doing The Rounds’.
“I didn’t want to give him the fights that he wanted to take at the time, because I thought it was just too much money and the fights weren’t good enough – and I probably should have done it, to be honest with you. I looked at him and I thought, ‘You ain’t ever going to come back anyway, look at the size of you,’ but he surprised everybody and how wrong I was.
“Fury is definitely up there, and there’s a few others. A few American guys that I probably had the chance to sign as well.”
Fury is just one of the fighters Hearn would love to add to his powerful stable – he said: “If I could sign three fighters right now in the world – I would sign Tyson Fury, I would sign Ryan Garcia, and I would sign Gervonta Davis.”
Hearn understands that making Fury vs Joshua – as ever in top-level boxing – would mean complicated negotiations with a number of parties. But he’s willing to go the extra mile to trigger what would likely be the biggest fight in British boxing history.
“There’s three people involved with Tyson Fury – MTK, Top Rank and Frank Warren. They’ve kind of like agreed amongst themselves that all three of those must be there and present when we have a proper chat, so at some point we will have to talk, and I have no problem on the phone, face-to-face.
“I’m not going to let a fight like that slip away, because we don’t talk.”