Hearn leaves crowd in stitches after calling out Fury’s Wilder vow

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Eddie Hearn had the audience in stitches after mocking the promise Tyson Fury made after his first bout with Deontay Wilder. Last October, ‘The Gypsy King’ came through a trilogy fight for the ages with the American, finally ending his challenge in the 11th round after a dramatic clash which yielded five knockdowns.

But it was ahead of his first clash with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in December 2018, that ended in a draw, when Fury pledged to give away his £8million fee to those in need: “They think I’ve just come here to pick up a few quid,” he said at the time.

“But I couldn’t care less about the money. I don’t have much use for it. I’m planning to give it all away to the poor and for building houses for the homeless. I will probably wind up like all the other boxers down the years – skint.” 

However, there has never been any evidence of Fury having made the donation, and no recipient has come forward either. It’s led many pundits and fans to assume that the reigning WBC champion never actually followed through with his promise.

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Speaking on a IFL TV Show about the failed negotiations between Fury and Anthony Joshua, promoter Hearn raised the sage, saying: “He’s very clever Tyson Fury. This is the guy who, when he fought Deontay Wilder, said he’s going to give his entire purse to the homeless. And I still get people coming up to me today to say ‘I love Tyson Fury he gave his entire purse to the homeless’. So, you know….”

“Did he not?” shouted a member of the crowd. Hearn shot back: “Did he not? Did he f**k.” That causing a collective roar of laughter from the audience, whilst the Matchroom boss himself also couldn’t help himself from chuckling.

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Hearn, 43, had earlier been heckled by another fan who shouted “You pulled him out,” when Hearn was trying to explain why the Joshua v Fury bout had fallen through. “I knew I’d get blamed for this,” he responded, whilst smiling.

It’s been a tempestuous period for the promoter, who has been criticised for his handling of Conor Benn’s failed drugs test ahead of the scuppered Chris Eubank Jr fight. He’s verbally feuded with talkSPORT presenter Simon Jordan, who issued a scathing response to Hearn’s offer of a charity boxing bout.

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