Tyson Fury is a showman both in and outside of the ring, but famous boxing promoter Eddie Hearn still doesn’t believe that he’s the biggest name that the sport has to offer.
Fury etched his name into the history books when he beat Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in Germany to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
After ending Klitschko’s nine-year reign as the heavyweight champion of the world, the then 27-year-old had the boxing world at his feet.
But Fury then fell into a deep depression and turned to drugs and alcohol, and planned to take his own life when he drove his Ferrari 190mph towards a bridge.
The Gypsy King got bigger than 180 kilograms before returning to the boxing gym, and working his way back to the ring.
While he’s wowed supporters with his accuracy in the ring, and his antics off it, Eddie Hearn still doesn’t believe that he’s the “biggest draw” in the sport.
Instead, Hearn thinks that Anthony Joshua is, with the British heavyweight set to go head-to-head in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk later this month.
“Tyson Fury isn’t the biggest draw in boxing. AJ still is,” Hearn told GQ.
“But yes – he’s a huge star. But I am loyal to AJ, and I think Fury knew that when I was discussing signing him when he was 400 pounds.
“He knew AJ would be my number one, and that would have been difficult. But you never know what could happen in the future.”
Joshua lost his belt in an upset loss the last time the two fought, but has the chance to win back his belts – and reclaim his hold on the heavyweight division.
The talk quickly shifted to the highly anticipated trilogy bout between Fury and Deontay Wilder a couple months later.
“I feel like he’s lived in this bubble for a long time. AJ doesn’t go out, really. He trains. He goes back to one of his houses,” Hearn added.
“He sees his mates, does a bit of motocross, plays a bit of FIFA. But that’s it. When you live in that world and you suffer defeat, it’s very lonely. Everyone turns on you.
“The adulation that you received from the public turns to ‘oh you lost mate, you ain’t actually that good, you’re useless.’ And I feel that he’s a very proud man.
“But I had several meetings with him almost immediately after, and he is one of those people who just wants to put it right.”
Joshua will have the chance to reclaim the IBF, IBO< WBA and WBO heavyweight belts in the upcoming bout in Saudi Arabia.
While Fury appeared to retire after his TKO win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley earlier this year, a potential unification bout could be enough to see him return to the ring.