Haney Angered By Hearn’s Missed Purse Bid

Eddie Hearn has angered Devin Haney after not submitting a purse bid for a Sandor Martin fight.

Haney is the WBC Junior Welterweight Champion, as he was ordered to face Martin. Haney’s stock has fallen. He remained the champion despite losing to Ryan Garcia simply because Ryan failed to make weight. Haney was dominated in the fight, getting dropped three times before losing a majority decision. It was Haney’s first defeat, as his defensive skills were exposed.

Although the loss could be overturned after Garcia failed two VADA tests for Ostarine, a fight with Martin does not sell. Martin and Haney are both technical boxers, not known for their knockouts. Top Rank decided to make a bid and won the purse bid with a $2.42 million figure. Haney will earn around $1.5 million or more with a 70-30 split. That is much less than the combined $15 million for his previous two bouts. Martin is expected to earn around $600,000. Haney was not pleased with Matchroom.

It is essential to bear in mind the following. Haney could vacate his belt and pursue another fight. Liam Paro, the IBF Junior Welterweight Champion, is with Matchroom, making that a possible fight. In addition, Haney could petition the WBC for a higher purse under WBC rule 2.16. However, since Haney is a free agent, he cannot expect Matchroom to back him in all his fights, even if he works closely with them. Haney must now decide what to do next. 

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