Eddie Hearn Agrees With Floyd Mayweather On Titles In Boxing
Eddie Hearn is in agreement with Floyd Mayweather that there are too many championships in the sport of boxing.
Mayweather has expressed his belief that the sanctioning bodies are trying to rip off fighters with constant fees for being in title fights even when the relevancy of certain championships are called into question. The issue took center stage with the Teofimo Lopez vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko fight. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recognized the winner of that fight to be the true undisputed lightweight champion despite the fact that Devin Haney holds the WBC gold. In this situation, the WBC (Franchise) Title took precedent.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn agreed with Mayweather that too many titles in the sport of boxing has become a problem. The Matchroom Boxing head honcho is hoping to be able to follow the UFC model (via The Sun).
“If you look at the UFC model, which we’re all envious of. It’s one promotional company and one belt, and that’s what I want to get to in boxing. And it’s going to take a lot of work, but we’re putting the blueprint in for that. It’s something that we’re going to be pushing hard for in 2020 as we continue to expand.”
Hearn went on to say that the governing bodies have a deep history, so following the UFC model may be easier said than done.
“What we do have to understand is belts do matter. These governing bodies are steeped in history. These fighters that other fighters look up to and they’re role models and heroes. They see them with the green and gold WBC belts. So we can’t forget that.”