‘At that point I would have hired 40 people!’ Eddie Hearn apologizes after clash with fan in which he reacted angrily when he was called a ‘p****’ while walking backstage after Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
- Eddie Hearn became embroiled in a battle of words with a spectator on Saturday night
- The 42-year-old promoter was walking backstage when he was called a ‘p****’
- Hearn reacted angrily but had since admitted he ‘shouldn’t have done it’
- Tensions were high after Anthony Joshua’s shocking defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
Eddie Hearn has apologized after taking revenge on a fan following Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, admitting he “shouldn’t have done it”.
AJ’s promoter was walking to the backstage of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he responded to a ‘p****’ from a spectator, with tensions running high after Joshua’s loss.
Hearn heard the beatings being thrown his way and angrily turned and asked the person calling it. ‘What did you say?’ four times, after which he’s ‘you’re cheating yourself now’ – but the 42-year-old Matchroom supremo has since insisted it was a mistake to get involved.
Eddie Hearn has apologized after exchanging words with a fan who yelled ‘p****’ at him
Hearn walked backstage and turned to shoot back at the fan who was screaming
He told iFL TV: ‘I shouldn’t have done it, but we spend our whole lives listening to people online who abuse you.
“It’s not because I’m a tough guy. At that point I would have hired about 40 people! But yeah, I shouldn’t have done it.’
The clip then appears to show Hearn calling the fan a “p****” back, although the audio wasn’t quite clear.
Hearn then turned and walked back to the changing rooms as people behind the camera laughed at the altercation.
Hearn has confirmed that Joshua will try again to beat Usyk in a rematch, in the hopes that he can retaliate in the same way as Andy Ruiz Jr, who gave the Briton his first defeat of his career.
The altercation took place immediately after Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
Since the fight, Hearn has confirmed that Joshua wants to re-enter Usyk in a rematch
The promoter said after the fight: “He’s going to want to go back in that rematch, and he’ll be the underdog in that fight, but he just got beat by a pound-for-pound great.
“Joshua lives and breathes boxing, he’s already talking about training again and he’ll be in the gym and ready to get back in.
“You can criticize Anthony Joshua, but he just put in a great fight and he’s fighting the very best, and tonight he came second.”