Hearn this weekend promotes Anthony Joshua’s defence of his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff.
There will be around 80,000 fight fans at the Principality Stadium, confirming Hearn as one of the world’s top promoters.
In his teens, Hearn says he had ambitions to fight.
He had three amateur bouts with Billericay Amateur Boxing Club, won the lot, but ‘Eddie Hills’ decided he didn’t have a future as a fighter.
“They introduced me as ‘Eddie Hills’ and I was devastated,” said Hearn.
“I told my dad and I found out it was all his idea. He thought if they knew who I was, they would really put it on me and take liberties.