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Eddie Hearn insists he has no problem with Tyson Fury fighting Francis Ngannou, but says it does nothing for his legacy

Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Getty Images

Promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t blame Tyson Fury for facing Francis Ngannou, but says it does nothing to enhance his legacy.

WBC heavyweight champion Fury 33-0-1 (24) will lock horns with boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

Earlier this year Fury was in negotiations to face WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) in April, but those talks fell over when terms could not be agreed upon for the rematch.

The other big fight that’s dying on the vine is a clash with former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23), who is promoted by Hearn.

That mooted bout has been bandied about for years, but any time an agreement seemed close, someone or something would upset the applecart.

As of right now, it seems that the ball if firmly in Fury’s court. But the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ seems content right now to chase big money in crossover bouts rather than seek real challenges in his own sport.

Hearn could be forgiven for being frustrated by this new direction Fury is taking, but he insists he is not bother by it at all.

“If Fury doesn’t care about undisputed, if he doesn’t care about legacy, if he doesn’t want to be the greatest fighter or one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, he ain’t going to fight him and it’s up to him,” Hearn said to IFL TV.

“I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, it’s terrible, I can’t believe it’. I get the Ngannou fight. It’s a great event, but I just know if I’m Tyson Fury, if I’m working with him, maybe he’s unbeatable and if he is…

“There’s so much money in the AJ [fight]. I mean, there’s much more money in the AJ fight than there is in the Usyk fight, but in the Usyk fight, there’s a lot of money in that as well and it’s for undisputed.

“It kind of kills two birds with one stone, but I’ve been watching ‘At Home With The Furys’ and I’m trying to figure him out, but I can’t yet. So I’ll leave him to his own devices. He’s a great entertainer and a great fighter and if he doesn’t want to fight the best in the division, it’s up to him.

“Of course it’s disappointing for us, it’s disappointing for boxing, it’s disappointing for British fight fans, but Tyson Fury is going to do whatever he wants to do and I don’t blame him. He’s making a lot of money to fight a guy who’s never boxed before.

“It’s not bad business, is it? But it depends on what you want and if you want legacy, if you want to be the best and go down in history, then you’ll take those fights and if not, you’ll continue to do what he’s doing.”