Oliver Brown Chief Sports Feature Writer Follow 16 August 2019 • 7:30am About the most anyone can say for Eddie Hearn this week is that at least he does not window-dress his cynicism. Forced to find ever more specious ways to justify staging Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, a country looking to boxing as the latest conduit for masking its atrocious human rights record, Essex’s very own Jerry Maguire explained how he could best exploit the association with a malignant regime. “Sometimes the criticism and the curiosity will lead to an event of extraordinary magnitude,” he said. Never mind the stonings or the public executions, in other words, or the recent audio recording of the torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Just feel those pay-per-view numbers. Ever since he took over fight-night promotions from his inimitable father, Barry, who claimed to have missed his son’s birth because he was tied at 1-1 in a best-of-three at Romford snooker hall, one property that Hearn Jnr has been conspicuously effective at marketing is himself. “Even Dad calls me a silver-spoon kid,” he told me once at his Brentwood mansion. “I am. But the great news is that… Read full this story
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