Hearn: Lomachenko Is Pound For Pound Best Fighter
Eddie Hearn the lead promoter of Matchroom Boxing has started his expansion from the United Kingdom to the United States, and has started to take aim with his signing of Daniel Jacobs.
And while Hearn is not promoting the upcoming Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux bout he is a fan of both fighters and believes the fight can be bigger than it will be with two former Olympic Gold medalists facing off at the Theater At Madison Square Garden.
Hearn believes this fight suffers the same fate of many other great fights this year, the lack of knowledge of casual boxing fans. Hearn believes that this fight is catered exclusively to the hardcore boxing fan.
is because neither fighter is known among casual boxing fans. He says the upcoming contest is more a fight that caters to hardcore boxing fans.
“It’s a shame really.. and people [reading] this might say ‘what’s he talking about.’ It’s not as big a fight as it should be, because it’s a trade fight…You have Lomachenko, who is an unbelievable fighter… who is probably struggling to crack into the casual market.. that might change [in the future]. And Rigondeaux, who’s never broken into the casual market. But two incredible fighters and it probably won’t be as big as it should be – but its a great fight.”
“And it’s the kind of fight that would be talked about and you would say ‘it would never happen.’ Fair play to Top Rank and the fighters involved that stepped up and made the fight.”
Following the retirement of Andre Ward a few weeks ago, many have openly pondered who is the pound-for-pound king of boxing.
And Hearn believes it should go to the man known as “Hi-Tech.”
“I think probably Lomachenko [is the best pound for pound fighter in boxing]. I rate Crawford highly as well. I think Lomachenko probably skill wise [is the top man]. [I also rate] Golovkin, who had a very good performance against Canelo.”