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Bob Arum slams Eddie Hearn, claims he is protecting Anthony Joshua

Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn

Bob Arum has slammed rival promoter Eddie Hearn for the proposed bout between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 32-0-1 (23) and former unified champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) falling through yet again.

Top Rank boss Arum co-promotes Fury alongside Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions.

“Eddie Hearn is stalling everything, because he doesn’t want the fight to happen,” Arum said to talkSPORT. “And why doesn’t he want the fight to happen? Because Joshua’s lost three out of his last five fights and he figures to lose again if he fights Tyson Fury and so Eddie is in effect being an impediment.

“He sends a draft and then Frank and George [Warren] reply and then we don’t hear from Eddie for different days. He’s stalling until it dies of its own volition.

“I don’t think Joshua is a part of that. Joshua, for whatever reason, wants the fight to happen. I know Tyson Fury does, but Eddie doesn’t and Eddie is doing whatever he can to prevent the fight from happening. It’s as simple as that.

“From Eddie’s standpoint, he believes he has a valuable asset in Joshua, who has now lost, as I said, three out of four fights and figures to lose again, which would make it four out of five and would be a less valuable to him after the event. So he’s trying to prevent it from happening.

“Well of course, he’s going to be successful because you can’t make a fight unless somebody agrees to the contract. You put him in a torture chamber and he still won’t agree to the contract. There are no issues. If there were some issues, then I could see it, but there are no issues.

“Get in a goddamn room with the Warrens, Frank and George, and sit down and finalize the contract and let’s get it signed.”

But Hearn has hit back, effectively saying that Arum should butt out.

“Bob Arum hasn’t had one phone call about this fight,” Hearn told iFL TV. “No one from Matchroom has spoken to Bob Arum… he’s just not involved. Frank Warren, who has also had his comments on this situation, has not had one phone call with Team AJ on this fight. Everything has been between myself and George Warren, and occasionally Frank in calls with the lawyers… so I can only tell you—they’ve been great by the way. Again, no disagreements.

“When people come out who weren’t even involved in the process with their opinions, like Bob saying, ‘Everything was done.’ No it fucking wasn’t. So what was the US broadcast situation? What was the global TV rights if that was all done? It wasn’t. But I want to focus on fights that are happening.

“I’m not turning around at this point saying ‘we will not fight Tyson Fury. We will fight Tyson Fury. But we can’t keep having these fake deadlines put on us. To do work by the end of the day and then we miss that and then the fight’s off and we’ve missed the deadline and it’s our fault, and then two days later [Fury says,] ‘Do you want to talk about it?'”