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Hearn: Michael Hunter Has Become The Boogeyman Of The Heavyweight Division

Michael Hunter II has become a problem in the heavyweight division.

Unfortunately—and through no fault of his own—he’s also become a nightmare for his handlers to pair up in the ring.

“We have to find Michael Hunter a fight, no question,” Eddie Hearn, Hunter’s promoter told “He’s really become the boogeyman of the heavyweight division.”


The second-generation boxer—whose late father Michael Sr. was a heavyweight gatekeeper for a time during 1980s and 1990s—is currently riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak. The lone loss of his career came in a hard-fought 12-round loss to Oleksandr Usyk in their April 2017 cruiserweight title fight.

Both are campaigning in the heavyweight division these days, Usyk having moved up in 2019 while Hunter (18-1-1, 12KOs) bulked up immediately after their aforementioned clash. The Las Vegas-based heavyweight rattled off six straight wins, including dominant showings over previously unbeaten prospects Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin.

In his most recent start, Hunter went 12 hard rounds with former secondary titlist Alexander Povektin (35-2-1, 24KOs). The two were forced to settle for a draw in supporting capacity to England’s Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21KOs) reclaiming his slew of heavyweight titles from California’s Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) last December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The DAZN bill was loaded with heavyweight action, including top-rated contender Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18KOs) outpointing Poland’s Mariusz Wach.

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing is in the process of putting together several compelling heavyweight fights in the next few months. Joshua is due to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, a bout which will serve as the final leg of three heavyweight-themed main events which includes tentative bouts between Usyk and Derek Chisora
(32-9, 23KOs) as well as a compelling clash between Whyte and Povetkin.

That leaves Hunter, for the moment, as an available heavyweight eager to remain active though with his divisional peers nowhere nearly as cooperative.

“’Mike who?’ My favorite excuse,” Hunter recently quipped on social media, where he routinely calls out anyone on the division available to fight.

The good news is, there will be less to worry about on his end once his team can finally secure a notable heavyweight willing to answer the call.

“It’s no easy task but he’s willing to fight anyone,” notes Hearn. “So, we can expect him to jump back into the deep end and we hope to find him a fight soon.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 02-07-2020

[QUOTE=REDEEMER;20372579]That’s Usyks full fledged first bout at that weight class off a long lay off I don’t know what you’re getting at ? It wouldnt shock me if Wilder picked a Witherspoon as an 6th or 7th title defense because…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 02-07-2020

Rematch Hunter -Povetkin should be made if Povetkin doesn`t fight Whyte next.

Comment by smooovey on 02-06-2020

hearn talking horse****! could have made hunter v parker....both would be up for it insted of parker v winters!

Comment by NORMNEALON on 02-06-2020

Hearn claims to have a few boogeyman , statting to think he just wanna get some of these guys fights or just maybe alot of people dont want to work with him?? I mean hes a got a few good…

Comment by Bum squad on 02-06-2020

Never watched Hunter until the Povetkin fight. He looks decent but nothing to worry about for the big guys. He would give Whyte, Usyk and Parker good fights but ultimately too small for the top 3 imo.

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