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Eddie Hearn was vocal about football betraying the 'history of the fans' after the European Super League fiasco – only to take Anthony Joshua to Saudi Arabia where fans will have great difficulty attending.
Joshua was pencilled in to face off with Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on July 23, but that date now looks unlikely. The pair had initially squared off in London when Usyk outclassed the Brit to take his titles.
And following the announcement that the rematch will be held in the Middle East, boxing fans were left fuming at the difficulties of travelling to Jeddah. However, the announcement was even more of a slap in the face after Hearn's criticism of the failed European Super League.
Speaking to Sky Sports shortly after the announcement of the league, Hearn said: "Money is important for the growth of any sport.
"But what you can't take away is the history, what you can't take away is the roots of the game. Unfortunately, in this situation, there were owners that just don't understand there are certain things you don't mess with.
"Football. And football fans. And history. And grassroots of a football club… you just don't go there."
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Hearn had already taken Joshua to the Middle East, for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, when he made those comments.
Hearn recently said, ahead of Joshua's rematch with Usyk: "We’ve done it before [fight in the Middle East]. It was extremely successful, everyone kept their word; the fighters made a lot of money.
“It is impossible in a sport like this to say to a fighter, ‘you can earn X to do it in London or three times as much for doing it out there’. Ultimately, the contract states – this is not just us – if there’s an offer that comes that is the maximum money we have to do it."
Hearn added he's ready for the "backlash" as a result of the bout being staged in Saudi Arabia. However, Hearn had previously said Saudi Arabia was favoured by Usyk's camp.
The Matchroom promoter had also tried to stage Joshua's bout with Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, before the bout fell through.
Daily Star Sport has approached Hearn for a response.
- Eddie Hearn
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