Hearn Sides With Davis Over His Own Fighter
Eddie Hearn gave credit where credit is due, Gervonta Davis is a star.
The Matchroom Boxing boss credited Davis and Mayweather Promotions leads Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, in turning the Baltimore born boxer into a star, bigger than Hearn’s own fighter, Tevin Farmer.
Davis, who through Mayweather Promotions fights on Showtime, was offered $5 million by Hearn to fight Farmer, only if the fight were streamed on DAZN. Conversely Farmer was offered $2 million to face Davis on what could be a Showtime pay-per-view.
“Me and Floyd should just agree what the split for that fight should be, all right?,” Hearn told a group reporters after the Gennadiy Golovkin-Sergiy Derevyanchenko press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
“For me, Gervonta Davis is the bigger name. All right? He sells more tickets; he’s a big star. Tevin Farmer’s a star, but he’s coming through. For me, it’s a 60-40 split. See if they agree with that. If they don’t, we can talk about that. So, me and Floyd, we meet up, we both put our bid in the envelope and we open it together. And whoever pays the most money for that fight gets the fight on their platform. Just one fight. All right? So, you haven’t got to sign a long-term deal. Just let the fighters earn their money.”
“Tevin Farmer wants that fight,” Hearn said of the unification clash at 130-pounds. “Gervonta Davis wants that fight. If you said to Gervonta, ‘Do you want $5 million to fight Tevin Farmer?’ He’d be like, ‘Yes, please. I’ve got a unification [fight]. I’ve got the biggest payday of my career. And I’ve got a fight that I want.’ But it’ll probably be more than that [$5 million], if we do closed bids. So, I don’t know whether they’ll agree to that, but like if you wanna out-bid, you’re Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. I’m just little, old Eddie Hearn. I ain’t got your kind of money. So, let’s go in there, agree to split beforehand, find the number that everybody’s willing to fight [for] and say, ‘Good luck to the fighters.’ Because that’s what really matters – the fighters.
“So, let the fighters earn their money. Don’t let the ego or networks, because DAZN don’t have the ego … where they’re saying, ‘No, we are not letting Tevin Farmer fight on another [network].’ They said to me, ‘Eddie, you do what you feel is right.’ And what I’m saying is right is never obstruct a fighter from making a career-high payday if he has to take a fight on another platform. Jose Ramirez just did it. Bob Arum let him do it. He come back with two belts [after beating Maurice Hooker]. You know, if Gervonta’s as good as he says he is, and he is a good fighter, he comes back to Showtime with two belts.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene