Eddie Hearn became embroiled in a heated exchange with a fan after Anthony Joshua’s defeat against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, slumping to the second defeat of his career and losing his unified heavyweight titles in the process.
It was a disappointing night for the Brit and promoter Hearn, who was involved in a fiery dispute with a fan as he walked back to the dressing room.
In a clip which has gone viral online, the fan in question first appears to direct an insult at Hearn, who immediately turns around to confront them.
The Matchroom chief then says: “What did you say? What did you say?”
Hearn, who hurled a few more words before walking off, was in no mood for taunts after watching Joshua come unstuck against Usyk.
His man was beaten convincingly by the masterful Ukrainian southpaw, who defied pre-fight doubts over his heavyweight credentials by producing a boxing clinic against a much bigger man.
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He even came close to stopping Joshua on his feet in the dying seconds of the contest, with the final bell sparing the champion a disastrous end to the fight.
And rightfully, it was Usyk’s hand that was raised at the conclusion of the bout thanks to scores of 117-112, 116-112 and a controversial 115-113.
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AJ insisted after the defeat that he will be exercising his immediate rematch clause, but Hearn admits it will be a tall order to reclaim his titles.
“A devastating defeat,” Hearn said. “Usyk is very fit, he’s got great feet, he threw a lot of punches.
“He was probably a bit more aggressive than anticipated. It was a tough defeat. He got beat by the better man on the night.
“It’s going to be difficult because Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He [Joshua] will want to go straight back into the rematch.
“The desire is still there. He can do so much better in that fight.”
Daily Star Sport have reached out to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for comment.