Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Anthony Joshua, has taken a thinly-veiled dig at Tyson Fury after the undisputed heavyweight fight between the two was thrown into doubt.
The fight, which was set to take place in 2021, is now in jeopardy after Fury’s promoter Bob Arum revealed that the Gypsy King is likely to face Oleksandr Usyk in a mandatory title defence.
Hearn, who has been vocal in his criticism of Fury’s team in the past, took to Twitter to express his frustration at the situation.
“It’s a shame that the biggest fight in boxing is in danger of collapsing due to the lack of ambition from one side,” he wrote.
The tweet was widely interpreted as a dig at Fury, who has been accused of being unwilling to take on the biggest challenges in the sport.
Hearn has been vocal in his criticism of Fury’s team in the past, accusing them of being too focused on making money rather than making the biggest fights.
The promoter has also been critical of Fury’s decision to sign a deal with Top Rank, which he believes has limited the Gypsy King’s options in terms of opponents.
The situation has been further complicated by the fact that Usyk is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s WBO title, meaning that the fight must take place before the undisputed bout with Joshua can be made.
Hearn has previously stated that he is willing to wait for Fury to face Usyk before making the undisputed fight, but it appears that the situation is now out of his hands.
The promoter has also been vocal in his criticism of Fury’s team in the past, accusing them of being too focused on making money rather than making the biggest fights.
It remains to be seen whether the undisputed fight between Joshua and Fury will take place in 2021, but it is clear that Hearn is frustrated with the situation and is taking a thinly-veiled dig at Fury in the process.