Eddie Hearn fires back at Kell Brook ‘total b****cks’ with extended rant over Terence Crawford UK TV situation
Eddie Hearn has hit back at Kell Brook after hearing his most recent interview about the UK TV situation for his upcoming bout with Terence Crawford.
The Sheffield man will challenge America’s pound-for-pound star on November 14, with the bout being broadcast on Premier Sports as opposed to Sky Sports with whom Hearn has an exclusive agreement.
Brook has consistently boxed on Sky in the past, but is now a free agent and made a separate deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank for the Crawford bout.
Regardless, he still insists Hearn was involved in the talks (something Hearn denies) and wanted the fight to be on Sky.
Brook originally told iFL TV: “Eddie has always been there involved with this fight, for six/seven weeks from today he’s always been involved.
“He knew the date, we kept him in the loop, all he had to do was sign the contract for Brook, but he was more interested in signing books.
“That’s what’s happened with Eddie Hearn there. I got him out of jail with the Gennady Golovkin fight, the PPV slot right there, I saved the day.
“I’ve always been a Sky Sports fighter, been in with Shawn Porter, Errol Spence, Golovkin. I’ve made some amazing nights with Sky Sports.
“The fans, I wanna give back to people that subscribe to Sky Sports, I want my fans to see me fight the pound-for-pound king in Crawford.
“But like I just mentioned about Eddie, it’s not come off the way I wanted it to come off so I’m absolutely gutted.”
Hearn has now hit back and said to iFL TV: “I was really disappointed to be honest with you, and I was quite angry.
“I will say this because I do feel like 99 per cent of what was said was total b****cks. I do feel like I should give you the truth.
“I don’t know if that was Kell talking or whether that was someone feeding him with rubbish.
“Let’s just start with the Crawford fight and Sky situation – When Amir Khan boxed Terence Crawford, Kell Brook flew out there and he was talking to Top Rank.
“He had meetings with Top Rank probably about that fight and probably about other fights as well which didn’t go down very well with me to be honest with you. I’m an all or nothing kind of guy.
“They come back, they couldn’t get the Crawford fight, so they asked me to do a fight. And he fought Mark DeLuca.
“After the DeLuca fight they carried on their conversations with Top Rank.
“I was never involved with one conversation they had with Top Rank regarding this fight, no consultation, no opinion from me, no part of the negotiations of the deal whatsoever.
“They chose to do this all themselves. Was that because they didn’t wanna pay me? Or they wanted to go their separate way?
“Once you turn your back on me, don’t ever turn round and start walking back to me. You’re either with me or you’re not.
“If you’re with me, I will give you everything as I have done for that young man for eight years.
“So they’ve gone their own way, no problem, I accepted that, I’m not involved, he’s gone. He’s at the end of his career, he wants as much money as possible, no problem.
“Then, Top Rank call Sky, ‘Right Brook vs Crawford, pay-per-view!’ Sky turn around and say, ‘No.’
“When they realise they’re in trouble, I get a phone call from from Kell’s dad: ‘Oh Eddie, it’s gotta be on Sky, we’ve been with you from the start.’
“Why the f***’s it gotta be on Sky? You’ve walked your part mate, you never asked me to be involved with this fight, you never asked me to negotiate the UK TV, you didn’t want me involved. So don’t come running back to me when you’re struggling to get a UK TV deal.
“When you talk about loyalty, what I’ve done for Kell Brook. One of the most disappointing things was [he said], ‘I saved the day with the Golovkin PPV.’
“No, you made an absolute fortune in the Golovkin PPV and you were provided with the opportunity that you, your dad (your manager) and your trainer Dominic Ingle said, ‘Yes, we want that fight.’
“It was up at middleweight, they knew they could maintain their belt at 147lbs and he took the chance because he was living so badly.
“We never knew if this kid would even fight again, let alone get a big fight.
“When I talk about loyalty, I talk about sitting in the hospital with him when he spunked the weight and didn’t even train for Carson Jones. Sitting in that hospital with him until 5/6 o’clock in the morning.
“Talking about flying out to Fuerteventura at 4 o’clock in the morning to go and deal with him and be with him in the hospital with the police there.
“I’ve been up to his house dozens of times, sat in his kitchen with him and his dad, and tried to get his career back on track.
“So don’t talk to me about loyalty. And what your loyalty is – after I had to give you fights against Jo Jo Dan, Kevin Bizier, Sergey Rabchenko, Michael Zerafa, Mark DeLuca, fights that I’ve done my conkers on over the years – you made the decision to turn your back on me.
“I don’t have a problem with that, but once you do that, you’re gone, I don’t have to fight for you anymore.
“Don’t come back when things ain’t working out and that’s what they did. They chose to have me not involved in this fight and when they couldn’t sell it to a UK partner, they come to me, ‘Oh I really wanted it on Sky for the fans.’
“Don’t talk b****cks. You wanted the most money you could get. This is the reality.
“I feel like I have to justify that interview because it was total, total b****cks. I’ve saved his career on multiple occasions.”