Eddie Hearn responds to being roundly booed by 90,000 boxing fans
Eddie Hearn was widely booed following the incredible fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night.
Joshua stopped the Ukrainian in the 11th round of their heavyweight bout at Wembley stadium, securing a victory over the dominant fighter in the division over the past decade.
The Londoner's victory in his 19th professional bout cements his status as the sport's most exciting prospect, while the bout at Wembley saw the realisation of a prediction by his promoter back in 2014.
Following his victory over Matt Legg on the undercard of George Groves' rematch with Carl Froch, Hearn said "in two or three years' time" Joshua would be fighting in the main event at the national stadium.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) April 28, 2017
Hearn was right, and he has helped guide Joshua to this point in his career.
However, he seemed to be a pantomime villain for most of the 90,000 in attendance on Saturday night.
After Klitschko spoke to the crowd, and received a warm reception for his brilliant effort in the ring, the Sky Sports interviewer asked to have a word with Hearn.
But Eddie didn't speak for long, as a chorus of boos rang out around the stadium.
— ⚪️BreakingBoxing™©⚫️ (@_Sweet_Science_) April 29, 2017
A lot of people on Twitter seemed to enjoy the reaction of the crowd to the Matchroom promoter.
Eddie Hearn normally loves a chat. Think 90,000 boos made him a bit sheepish there.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) April 29, 2017
The change from cheers to Boos when Eddie Hearn starting speaking was hilarious 😂😂😂
— Yafai (@EagerPessimist) April 29, 2017
lmao no love for Eddie Hearn everyone boos him 😂 #JoshuaKlitchsko
— Ali (@RoyMustang786) April 29, 2017
Eddie Hearn only wanted to chat for 30 seconds he didn't want the boos to get any louder 🤣
— zeinab🐧 (@zeinabmalikx) April 29, 2017
Boos for Eddie Hearn.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) April 29, 2017
Love the boos for Eddie Hearn 😂😂 #Silverspoon
— JB (@jakeyb_94) April 29, 2017
Others felt Hearn should have been shown more respect.
— Boxfit UK (@boxfituk) April 30, 2017
— Paul (@PJMcNicholls) April 30, 2017
@EddieHearn what's with all the boos? I love Eddie Hearn, what a great night of boxing!
— Phoenix Cook (@Pheen_eo) April 29, 2017
well played on another unreal show. Don’t get the boos towards you. Popularity of boxing has gone to a new level in last 5 years
— Jamie Leverington (@jamielev) April 30, 2017
While Hearn himself was able to laugh about it.