Eddie Hearn Warns Sideshows Will Become The Norm If Big Fights Aren’t Made
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes exhibition bouts and other sideshows will run rampant if the boxing world doesn’t get serious about making the best fights happen.
The boxing world has seen its fair share of special attractions that don’t necessarily involve elite athletes in their primes. More recently, we’ve seen YouTube boxing take off thanks to the likes of Logan and Jake Paul, KSI, and others. There are also exhibition bouts such as Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., which reportedly generated about $80 million in revenue.
During an interview with Fight Hype, Hearn admitted that he feels promoters and fighters must step up and make the bouts that fight fans want to see (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“I think (these events) are good for the sport, in drops. And this is what I said about Fury-Joshua and Crawford against Spence — if we don’t start making these fights those other ones will become the norm because the broadcasters, it’s a numbers game. So what’s delivering eyeballs, what’s delivering subscriptions? The answer is, at the moment, not Errol Spence against Danny Garcia, but Tyson against Jones in a f*ckin’ exhibition.
“So we’ve got to fight back ourselves. We got to collectively work to keep this sport going. And you only do that by making great fights. Boxing will always survive if the content is great.”
One of the fights that Hearn speaks of is Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury. Hearn promotes Joshua, while Fury fights under Top Rank Boxing and Queensberry Promotions. Hearn has said that making Joshua vs. Fury official for May is close and all that’s left is to hammer out minor details.
Other big fights aren’t as easy to pull off. While most media members and fans agree that the bout to make at welterweight is Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr., there is an issue with the purse split.