first_imgEddie Hearn, the managing director of Matchroom Boxing, took some time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions from Sporting News about the upcoming fights on DAZN and how the boxing landscape has changed over the past year.Sporting News: This time last year, we were in Cardiff for Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker. A lot has happened since then. What have been your highlights of the past 12 months? MORE: Join DAZN to watch Joshua vs. Miller and 100+ fight nights a yearJune 15, another Matchroom fighter is in action, as Kid Galahad takes on Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title. The press conference was a bit of a farce. You weren’t present at the press conference, but will you be at the fight?Well, one, I wasn’t invited, and two, I was actually in some meetings that I couldn’t get out of. It’s not our show, it’s not on DAZN or Sky Sports, but we are 100 percent behind Kid Galahad and I believe he can win that fight. I think Warrington has looked fantastic so far as world champion and in winning the belt and it’s a very tough fight, but I feel Kid Galahad has a style that can beat anybody. It’s possible I’ll be at that fight, but Gennady Golovkin could fight that night and Tyson Fury is also fighting that night too, so we shall see. Eddie Hearn: I mean, Anthony Joshua unifying against Joseph Parker was one of them, obviously the title defense against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium was another great moment. Tony Bellew beating David Haye in May of last year was a great moment for us and even the fight against Oleksandr Usyk, seeing Tony get a chance to fight for the undisputed title was a great occasion as well. Doing our deal with DAZN was a major moment for the company too as well as Dillian Whyte beating Joseph Parker in July and then beating Dereck Chisora in a brilliant fight for the year in December. It has been a great 12 months for us.Bob Arum recently took a swipe at you and DAZN. What are your thoughts on his comments?I think Bob’s under a lot of pressure at ESPN. You know, I think his last show, [Kubrat] Pulev vs. [Bogdan] Dinu, the ratings were extremely poor, but I’m flattered that Bob’s on the offensive and attacking us in the public eye because it means we’re doing something right. He doesn’t like to be challenged in his own market, but you know we have a lot of respect for Bob and Top Rank and we look forward to the challenge.Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington this Saturday — the press conference was a little lively. Can we expect more of the same come fight night?Yeah, you can expect to see a real stacked card firstly. I mean, there are so many great fights on the card. You got a great all British heavyweight matchup between David Price and Kash Ali; obviously there was plenty of talk there at the press conference, it’s going to be very explosive. A really important fight between Joe Hughes and Robbie Davies Jr. at light welterweight — the winner of that is almost looking at the Maurice Hooker fight as well, who is another DAZN fighter. Anthony Fowler versus Scott Fitzgerald, you’re going to get to see the very best young talent at light middleweight facing off against each other, two undefeated big punching prospects and I think you’re going to see a war in Liam Smith against Sam Eggington. I mean, obviously you’ve seen Smith before stateside against Canelo and against Jaime Munguia and you’ve seen Eggington before in a number of great fights. Both are great fighters and like to come forward and both sides like to go to war. I think you’re going to see an all-action fight.MORE: Smith vs. Eggington: Fight date, time, price, how to watch, live streamWould you say it was the last chance saloon for Sam Eggington?Yeah, definitely. I mean, he’s only 24, but he’s been in a lot of tough fights and been in a lot of wars. I mean he’s won the British, Commonwealth and European welterweight titles, but he’s the underdog Saturday night — a big underdog. But I think he’s going to enjoy that and it’s probably his last chance saloon at a very elite level.Who will be taking the main event spot on the April 20 doubleheader featuring Derek Chisora vs. Senad Gashi and Dave Allen vs. Lucas Browne?It’s all still to be agreed. There’s been a public campaign to see Dave Allen headline against Lucas Browne, but we’ll have to see what Sky Sports decides. It’s two import heavyweight matchups and not just that, on a card as well is Josh Kelly, one of the best welterweights in the world at the moment. Conor Benn returns from injury. Also, Joe Cordina goes for the British lightweight title.April 26, two DAZN shows. Fabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier in Italy followed by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada in California. How big is the L.A. card and how is Italy responding to boxing being back in a big way?It’s a huge card in L.A. I mean you’ve got Rungvisai against Estrada, which is a rematch of one of the fights of the year in 2018, T.J Doheny unifying against Danny Roman with the WBA and IBF super bantamweight world titles, Jessie Vargas against Humberto Soto which is a great Mexican fight, Scott Quigg is on the card, Anthony Sims Jr., Shakhram Giyasov as well, so it’s a massive night of boxing. Then before that we’re in Italy for our third show over there. Both previous shows have been sold out in Florence and Milan and the atmosphere has been ready good. The fighters are embracing it. Seems to be a lot of excitement behind this sport. So, yeah, we’re really enjoying it.MORE: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live streamWe have Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez versus Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Do you believe it’s a real 50/50 match up?I believe so. Canelo has got the power of the sport behind him if you like. You know, but Daniel Jacobs, now this is his moment and he really believes he’s going to win; we believe he’s going to win. I think it’s going to be a brilliant fight. Yeah, unification fight in the middleweight division. I think there is a lot of support for Daniel Jacobs, obviously Canelo has a huge fan base as well, but we really believe that Daniel Jacobs can win the fight on May 4.Anthony Joshua’s American debut at Madison Square Garden follows on June 1. If Joshua passes the Jarrell Miller test, will you be looking at lining up Deontay Wilder for the undisputed fight or will Joshua’s mandatory’s come into play?That’s what he wants. He wants the undisputed fight against Deontay Wilder, but all the focus is on the Miller fight right now. Usyk will be his mandatory, his next mandatory, so whether he fights in November, December or March, April … it’s going to be very soon. But obviously an undisputed fight trumps a mandatory and we hope that he can beat Miller and then fight Wilder in the winter.last_img

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