‘We were both wrong’: Anthony Joshua’s Matchroom promoters missed out on signing Tyson Fury TWICE… and Barry Hearn could have landed The Gypsy King for as little as £100,000 before son Eddie spurned second opportunity
- Promoter Barry Hearn says Matchroom have twice missed out on Tyson Fury
- The first time was when Fury was an amateur, and he asked for £100,000
- He turned him down, as did Hearn’s son Eddie a few years ago in Monte-Carlo
- Barry Hearn was speaking exclusively to The Gary Newbon Sports Show
Barry Hearn has revealed that his promotions company Matchroom have opted against signing Tyson Fury on two separate occasions, once missing out on him for just £100,000.
Fury, the lineal world heavyweight champion currently with Frank Warren at MTK, stunned Deontay Wilder in February and the unbeaten Brit has a ‘financial agreement’ in place for two world-title fights against Anthony Joshua, according to Eddie Hearn on Wednesday.
However, it turns out The Gypsy King could have been working with the Hearns if they had taken a chance on him, with opportunities to sign Fury passing them by both when he was at amateur level, and in more recent times.
Barry Hearn revealed that he turned down the chance to sign Tyson Fury for as little as £100k
Current lineal world heavyweight champion Fury is now one of the best boxers on the planet
‘There were two occasions with Tyson Fury which I don’t think Tyson recalls accurately but I will recall it accurately with you,’ Hearn exclusively told The Gary Newbon Sports Show.
‘The first time I ever met Tyson Fury I think I was up in Newcastle doing a show and this young amateur came on – and a big guy, great name, and he wanted to know if I’d sign him.
‘But they wanted a £100,000 signing-on fee, and in those days it was a lot of money, and it’s still a lot of money. And he hadn’t really done enough to get on my radar, and I said no. And I think Frank Warren gave him that money and he signed with Warren.
‘That was my only involvement. Purely on a financial basis I didn’t think he was worth it – I was probably wrong, but that was the decision I made at the time.’
Of course, Fury went on to great heights, beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to usurp the long-term world heavyweight champion.
But mental health problems plagued the two years that followed and when Fury next bumped into Barry’s son Eddie, the option was there again to take on the 31-year-old.
Current Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn also rejected the opportunity to land Fury
‘And then of course subsequently, Eddie bumped into him in Monte-Carlo a few years ago when he was going through one of his bad patches,’ Hearn Snr. described.
‘His weight had ballooned up to somewhere approaching 30 stone, some astronomical figure, and I think Eddie could have signed him there.
‘But me not wanting to take a chance with 100 grand because there was no pedigree and Eddie looking at him and thinking “this guy’s never going to get into condition” – we were both wrong, and hats off to Tyson Fury.’
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