Eddie Hearn: Boxing Needs Big Fights To Thrive
Eddie Hearn is adamant about putting on major fights in order for boxing to have success.
Hearn is one of boxing’s most recognizable promoters. He is the newly-minted head honcho at Matchroom Boxing. Hearn had served as a director before his father, Barry, retired and gave him the keys to the kingdom.
During an interview with iFL TV, Hearn explained why boxing would be in danger if big fights can’t be made (via BoxingScene.com).
“We have to make sure our sport, our brand needs to thrive, but you only do that by making the big fights and making the fights that people want to see. We cannot afford s— fights where fighters get a fortune but don’t deliver for the broadcasters because they will kill the sport. So these kinds of things will put more pressure on us to deliver numbers, to deliver content.”
Hearn went on to say that he’s not happy with bouts such as Jermall Charlo vs. Demetrius Andrade and Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford not coming to fruition.
“That’s why I get frustrated about [Jermell] Charlo against [Demetrius} Andrade. This is why I get even more frustrated about Errol Spence against Terence Crawford. What are you doing? Jake Paul is an unbelievable self-promoter. Did you see how hard he pushed that fight [with Ben Askren]? All day, every day. He did an amazing job. A super-smart kid. But this is a guy that understands content. He knows how to push numbers.
“In many ways, it was good for boxing. One way I love it is it makes everyone buck their ideas up. [Celebrity boxing], whatever you want to call it, is doing good numbers.”