Eddie Hearn has hit back at Bob Arum over his claims that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s summer mega-fight is “dead in the water”.
Despite contracts being signed last month and talks over a venue proceeding, Top Rank boss Arum claimed on Thursday that the £200million spectacle was off the cards.
“The fight in July or August is dead in the water as far as we are concerned,” the American told the Daily Telegraph .
“The two fighters need to go and have other fights this summer while the negotiations for that fight in the Middle East conclude.”
But Hearn, who acts as Joshua’s promoter, reiterated his stance that the final arrangements are nearly agreed as he criticised Arum for “losing his mind”.
“Unbelievable developments,” Hearn told Behind The Gloves of Arum’s comments on Thursday.
“Over the space of five or six hours, the fight was in jeopardy and the fight was dead in the water without having a conversation with anybody.
“Look, I know you’ve got to do your job and ask about this but all I can say is Bob’s completely lost the plot basically.
“Four days ago, it was done, it was happening. He gave everyone information on the deal. Then yesterday (Thursday) he said ‘It’s in doubt, I wouldn’t bet on it happening’.
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“And then six or seven hours later – after he’d seen all my interviews – he gave an interview saying ‘It’s dead in the water’.
“He didn’t have one conversation during that period of time. He just decided to himself that it’s dead in the water.”
The Matchroom chief added: “It’s irrational behaviour, extremely fickle. I love Bob, he’s a great promoter, but he’s lost his mind here.
“Is he out of control? I don’t know. But all I know is Tyson Fury, his lawyers, we’re all on track.
“So, like I said, 18 hours ago it was ‘Eddie’s running out of time’, then 12 hours ago it was ‘the fight’s dead in the water’. We haven’t even spoken!”
There is even speculation Fury could fight Wilder for a third time instead of face Joshua this summer, but Hearn rebuffed those claims in no uncertain terms.
He said: Whether we’re 24 hours away or 72 hours away from a signed contract… so you want to walk away from this fight – the biggest of your client’s career and the biggest in boxing – to do what? To fight a fight that’s a quarter of the money that no one wants to see?
“It’s just completely irrational.”