Eddie Hearn promised that he would “reveal” the conversations he had with Luis Ortiz management, once Anthony Joshua had an opponent, and he kept his promise on Wednesday.
Hearn, who promotes the unified world heavyweight champion looked to secure Luis Ortiz to replace Jarrell Miller on June 1st at Madison Square Garden, especially when Ortiz’ manager rang him up when the news broke.
“I got two phone calls when the [Miller] news broke straight away. One was Don King and one was Jay Jimenez who is Luis Ortiz’s manager. Jay Jimenez phoned me up and said, ‘I can’t believe this, I don’t think Luis will be ready.’ I think I spoke to ‘AJ’ an hour or so before and he said to get him anyone,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“I said, ‘Find out if Luis will be ready.’ He came back the next day or two days later and said, ‘Make us an offer.’ I made them an offer $6 million – that was my first offer,” Hearn explained. “He didn’t come back to that offer. I like Jay Jimenez so I don’t want to out him too badly because I don’t think it’s his fault but I just want to get the facts right.”
“No reply, this was on Friday. Monday I said, ‘I’ll call you.’ Later on that day I came back and said, ‘Right, this is it, $7 million for June 1. [If he wins, he gets] a rematch for quite a bit more and if he loses, I’ll give you another fight for a lot of money for security.’ Nothing back.”
Hearn continued to bury Jimenez for trying to publicly shame the Matchroom boss by rejecting a “lowball” offer. “Not only were you offered $7 million, but you tried to out us in the public eye, in the media,” Hearn said.
To try and f*** our reputation and discredit us when you got offered $6 million and then $7 million for a fight. And how much did you get when you fought Deontay Wilder? I don’t know, $1 million? If that? So you got offered seven times more to fight Anthony Joshua.”
Quotes Transcribed By Boxing Scene