Eddie Hearn has been the subject of some recent criticism from rival promoter, Frank Warren, for a track record of unsuccessful fight predictions.
In his latest column for the Daily Star, Warren made a joke about some of Hearn’s latest big fight picks:
“He said Deontay Wilder would beat Tyson [Fury], Dillian [Whyte] would beat Tyson and Anthony Joshua would KO Usyk twice.
His predictions are about as useful as haemorrhoids would be for Frankie Dettori”.
In an interview with IFL TV, Hearn was asked about Warren’s one-liner:
I’ve noticed lately that some of his lines are awful.
Promoter backs his own fighter to win – shock. The amount of times that Frank Warren has backed his own fighter to win and not won.”
Hearn defended his predictions and suggested that every promoter would always back their own fighter on the big stage, but also admitted how he could have been thinking with his heart rather than with his head. In the end, he seemed most offended by the quality of the joke.
“Obviously, I’ll back my fighters at all times. But genuinely, I believed that Dillian could beat Tyson Fury. I believed that ‘AJ’ could knock out Usyk. Maybe sometimes you become emotionally invested, but other times you believe it in a boxing sense as well.
I definitely won’t stop backing my fighters, I just hope he can improve his gags – awful
They’re not even Dad jokes, they’re more like Great Grandad jokes. I do the Dad jokes and they’re terrible, but his ones are awful.”