EDDIE HEARN has reiterated that Matchroom never received a contract from Stephen Espinoza that detailed terms of a fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
The promoters continued their bad blood on Twitter this week after the president of Showtime Sports tweeted that a contract was sent to Matchroom, stating Sky would get the television rights in the UK for the fight, something Hearn later described as “stone cold lies.”
Speaking on Monday at Anthony Joshua’s London press conference with Jarrell Miller in the midst of the public spat, Hearn took the chance to again set the record straight.
“He never sent it. I said to him ‘show us the contract,’” he told Express Sport.
“He is lying, he never sent a contract. He’s been liking tweets that I wrote from three years ago, really weird stuff.
“I don’t know if he just sits up thinking about me and has a picture of me on his phone but he came out and was having an argument with someone and he just said ‘I sent Matchroom a contract and Sky was in a clause.’
“He’s fantasising, I’ve actually had to phone people this morning to say ‘We never got a contract did we?’ and they said ‘no we didn’t’.
“Then I phoned Freddie Cunningham, because they like to catch you out on these things, I just had to go around a double check with everyone and they all said ‘No, no, we never got anything.’
“I don’t know whether he just had the hump and thought ‘yeah, yeah they got a contract’, they sent us an email with about three or four bits on, I asked them for a contract but they refused to send one.”
Joshua had been signed with Showtime until Hearn announced before September’s bout with Alexander Povetkin that the fight will headline the first card in the promoter’s eight-year $1billion deal with DAZN.
The switch played a major role in AJ’s decision to reject a $50m offer from Wilder to fight on the network last year.
Espinoza responded on Twitter: “Lies? You mean like when you told Klitschko & HBO that AJ didn’t have a multi-fight agreement with Showtime, even though there were still 3 fights left on the deal?
“Experiences like that are why we keep all the receipts. I’m sure this excerpt will look familiar to you.”
Hearn demanded that the full contract was sent.