Eddie Hearn admits Tyson Fury proved him wrong after failing to sign heavyweight

Promoter Eddie Hearn has singled out Tyson Fury as the boxer he regrets passing up the opportunity to sign and admitted that the Gypsy King proved him wrong by coming back to become a heavyweight champion.

Fury was forced to vacate his unified heavyweight belts in 2016 and did not fight again for two years after suffering from mental health issues, substance abuse and weight gain.

He faced Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight Championship in 2018, with the bout was scored as a draw, before stunning the Bronze Bomber in their rematch earlier this year to win the belt via seventh-round TKO.

And Hearn opened up about failing to agree terms with Fury in 2017, when the latter appeared at Derek Chisora's bout with Agit Kabayel in Monaco.

Asked about fighters that had got away, Hearn told Sky Sports' Doing the Rounds : "I mean you could say Tyson Fury. I had a chance to sign him. I was in Monaco, I think I could have signed him.

"I didn't want to give him the fights that he wanted to take at the time, because I thought it was just too much money and the fights weren't good enough – and I probably should have done it, to be honest with you.

"I looked at him and I thought, 'You ain't ever going to come back anyway, look at the size of you,' but he surprised everybody and how wrong I was."

Hearn also insisted that he will not stop working until a unification super-fight between his client Anthony Joshua and Fury is arranged.

He added: "There's three people involved with Tyson Fury – MTK, Top Rank and Frank Warren.

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