During the weigh-ins for Thursday night’s Lawrence Okolie fight at York Hall, Eddie Hearn spoke with Sky Sports about some of the big news surrounding Matchroom Boxing.
With the Hearn imposed deadline approaching for a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, Hearn praised positive discussions on both sides, believing Joshua and Wilder’s teams are moving in “the right direction.”
“Its a case of whether we do it next, or after the Povetkin fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “The worst case scenario is Povetkin, then Wilder,” Hearn believes due to the WBA looking to force a fight with their mandatory challenger.
When asked about how it felt to be handed $1 billion to promote boxing, Hearn said it felt like “fantasy boxing.”
“Its not just an opportunity to sign the best talent in the world… its great to have a blank canvas to build upon.”
Hearn played coy when asked about potential signings, claiming nothing will be announced until the official launch of their deal with the Perform Group, but did admit talks have been in-place with the Charlo brothers, Mikey Garcia, and more.
Matchroom hopes to bring in “four to five big, big flagship” fighters to help launch the brand.
In regards to Dillian Whyte’s issues in finalizing a mandatory with Kubrat Pulev, Hearn isn’t concerned as he told Sky Sports that, Whyte “will have a fight in 2019 against Anthony Joshua, anyway.”