UK promoter Eddie Hearn had plenty to say after his former fighter, Kell Brook, talked about his disloyalty and unwillingness to help him get a UK TV deal for his upcoming bout with Terence Crawford.
The 34-year-old Brook, who usually fights on Hearn broadcast partner Sky Sports, is working with the lesser-trafficked Premier Sport this time around– and he blames Hearns, at least in part, for this.
“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,” Brook said.
“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 it’s not come off the way I wanted it to come off so I’m absolutely gutted.”
Brook would go on to say that he bailed Hearn out of financial trouble by fighting Gennady Golovkin in 2016, intimating that the loyalty and respect is not being given back in return now and that Hearn is more interested in handling his own affairs than that of the fighter’s.
“I was really disappointed to be honest with you, and I was quite angry,” Hearn responded via iFL TV. “I will say this because I do feel like 99 per cent of what was said was total b*******. I do feel like I should give you the truth.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Hearn would go on to detail just how loyal he’s been to Brook over the years, including instances where he stood by the fighter’s side in hospitals and visited with him at his home, talking about ways to boost his career.
“So don’t talk to me about loyalty,” Hearn continued. “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*******. You wanted the most money you could get. This is the reality.”