‘At that moment I would’ve taken on 40 people!’ Eddie Hearn apologises after clash with fan in which he responded angrily to being called a ‘p****’ while walking backstage following Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
- Eddie Hearn got involved in a war of words with a spectator on Saturday night
- The 42-year-old promoter was walking backstage when he was called a ‘p****’
- Hearn responded angrily but had since admitted he ‘shouldn’t have done it’
- Tensions were high after Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
Eddie Hearn has apologised after retaliating to 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 towards backstage at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he reacted to being called a ‘p****’ by a spectator, with tensions running high after Joshua’s shock loss.
Hearn heard the abuse that was thrown his way and turned around angrily asking the person who shouted it ‘What did you say?’ four times, then firing ‘you s*** yourself now’ – but the 42-year-old Matchroom supremo has since insisted it was a mistake to get involved.
Eddie Hearn has apologised after exchanging words with a fan who shouted ‘p****’ at him
Hearn was walking towards backstage and turned around to fire back at the fan who yelled
He told iFL TV: ‘I shouldn’t have done it, but we spend our lives listening to people online that give you abuse.
‘It’s not because I’m a tough guy. At that moment I would’ve taken on about 40 people! But yeah, I shouldn’t have done it.’
The clip then appears to show Hearn calling the fan a ‘p****’ back, though the audio was not totally clear.
Hearn then turned back around and made his way back to the changing rooms as people behind the camera could be heard laughing at the altercation.
Hearn has confirmed Joshua will look to take on Usyk again in a rematch, with the hope that he can exact his revenge much in the same way that he did against Andy Ruiz Jr who handed the Brit his first career defeat.
The altercation happened immediately after Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
Hearn has since the fight confirmed Joshua aims to take on Usyk again in a rematch
The promoter said after the fight: ‘He will want to go back in that rematch, and he will be the underdog in that fight but he has just been beaten by a pound-for-pound great.
‘Joshua lives and breathes boxing, he is already talking about training again and he will be in the gym and ready to get back in again.
‘You can criticise Anthony Joshua, but he has just fought a great and he is fighting the very best, and tonight he came off second best.’