Feature | Premium | Nov 22 2019

Eddie Hearn – Then came the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight and the boos were deafening

In the third of a four-part exclusive series, Eddie Hearn discusses being the 'bad guy' of British boxing and how he juggles his family and work life
eddie hearn

THE booing started after the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight at Wembley in April 2017. It was loud. But after that fight? That great fight? Why did it all start there? Because of pay-per-view.

Carl Froch brought pay-per-view back in this country. I knew the only way we could bring the big fights back, the really big fights, was with pay-per-view. So when Froch beat Lucian Bute I told Sky they had to do pay-per-view. Froch beat Yusaf Mack and then he fought Mikkel Kessler in May 2013. That was when it all came back.

After that we did the two Froch-Groves fights. They were okay weren’t they? I certainly wasn’t getting booed though I’m not saying that people loved me. But then came Joshua-Klitschko and the boos were deafening.

Eddie Hearn
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