Eddie Hearn tears into 'terrible' Tommy Fury as Love Island star licks wounds following snoozefest with KSI | The Sun
EDDIE HEARN has branded Tommy Fury a "terrible fighter" following his snoozefest with KSI.
Former Love Islander Fury locked horns with the YouTuber-turned-influencer-boxer in a Misfits Manchester melee last Saturday.
Professional boxer Fury – the brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson – put himself under immense pressure to stop KSI in the weeks leading up to the bout.
But the 24-year-old failed to deliver in what proved to be a clinch-athon of a fight, which will have done incredibly little to change Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn's opinion of his skills.
During an appearance on the Stick to Football podcast, Hearn said of Fury: "Yes, he’s a professional boxer, but he’s terrible.
"He’s absolutely swam the channel.
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"He’s gone from making, I don't know, £50,000 a fight to making £4/£5m to fight a YouTuber."
Hearn's broadcast partners DAZN have embraced the controversial influencer boxing world, much to the annoyance of boxing purists.
But he insists it won't overtake traditional boxing – despite its immense popularity among Gen Zers.
He said: "I think it’s a threat – anything that is going to deliver numbers.
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"You have to remember that the people that make boxing grow as a sport are the broadcasters.
"As long as there is investment from the broadcasters, the sport will continue to flourish.
"Then there is something else that brings numbers, and any broadcasters that look at it, they don’t really care much or as passionately about the sport as us – they just care about the numbers.
"I don’t think it’s dangerous because I don’t think they are dangerous enough."
Fury was far from impressed with his performance but said in his post-fight interview: "I fought my absolute heart out and that's all you can do.
"I said from day one there will never be another Tyson Fury I'm just trying to be the best Tommy Fury that I can be."
A frustrated KSI – real name Olijade Olatunji – fumed at the result and took aim at Fury in his interview.
He said: "Robbery, it's a robbery. You weren't landing, look at your face. Look at you.
"I'm the YouTuber and you're the boxer, you have to win."
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