Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua is treated unfairly by some people at talkSPORT.
The former two-time heavyweight champion will return to the ring this Saturday when he squares off against late-replacement opponent Robert Helenius who was drafted in after Dillian Whyte failed a drugs test.
Ahead of his latest fight, AJ has caused a stir by claiming there’s an ‘attack’ on his name from people at talkSPORT who he believes treat him much differently than Tyson Fury.
Hearn, who has guided Joshua’s career since his professional debut, was asked if he agrees with the boxing superstar while speaking with Jim White and Simon Jordan on Tuesday.
“I don’t know about agenda, but I definitely think he gets treated with different energy from some of the media,” he replied.
The Matchroom Chairman answered ‘Yes’ when Jordan wondered if talkSPORT was one of the media outlets guilty of this.
“I’m trying to be balanced in the view. I look at Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in the same respect,” Jordan interjected.
“I think the bulk of people, certainly in this building, look at it from that point of view and go, ‘Criticism where criticism is due, praise where praise is due.”
The former Crystal Palace chairman asserted that the only problem he has with Hearn is regarding the way he handled Conor Benn failing drug tests ahead of his scrapped fight with Chris Eubank Jr.
“The energy is different, Simon,” Hearn replied.
“When we are debating this now and you’re talking about Tyson Fury and all the things that he did, I don’t see you spit it with any venom or any passion.
“When my name gets mentioned, I see the blood-pressure rise, I see the venom. I don’t know what it is, the energy [changes].”
The talkSPORT host attempted to hit back at Hearn’s claim but used a swear word while doing so, and Hearn felt that perfectly proved his point.
“I have been as complimentary about you as I have been derogatory,” Jordan said.
“The only issue is when you sit across the table from me, and you bulls*** about things like you did last time.
“Look at the energy,” Hearn chimed in.
“You don’t have the same energy on anything else. You’ve got this little something. I can see it now. You’re spitting venom.”
While Hearn and Jordan may never agree on a lot of things, they did share a friendly moment at the start of their latest meeting.
It came after Jordan revealed he is recovering from prostate cancer and urged men over 30 to get tested for the deadly disease.