“If we want boxing to survive, if we want boxing to thrive, we need super-fights, like all the time. Fighters must fight each other. We have to come together. Promoters – Eddie Hearn, Al Haymon, Bob Arum, whoever’s out there, let’s come together, I’m calling you out! Let’s come together, let’s meet……the power of the minds, and come up with something, because boxing can die. I’m calling you all out. Let’s do this,” De La Hoya.
Well, it looks like the message has stuck and Eddie Hearn has heard loud and clear. Matchroom’s Hearn confirmed that he has been talking to De La Hoya and his team about a possible super middleweight fight between former Canelo Alvarez opponent, John Ryder, and Golden Boy’s Jaime Munguia.
“We’re talking about Munguia versus Ryder. If Munguia wins that, we’ll talk about the (Edgar)Berlanga fight. Ryan Garcia should fight the winner of Haney against Prograis. There’s loads of business we can do together,” shared Hearn.
This comes days after it was reported that Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, has shared dialogue with De La Hoya teasing the potential for a fight between Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia.
Despite their shared interest in conducting business in the boxing world, Hearn added additional context into their colorful relationship as counterparts in combat sports world.
“He wants everybody to come together but will abuse me on social media,” Hearn said. “I don’t care for that. I want to make great fights… Talk is nice but business is different.”
It’s important to note that both Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing have separate broadcasting deals with DAZN. The two should, in theory, have one less hurdle to navigate as they work towards putting together events that the boxing community will appreciate.