NEW YORK – Eddie Hearn had to laugh at the immediate reaction from Oscar De La Hoya following this weekend’s DAZN main event.
Edgar Berlanga was receptive to the idea of a future showdown versus Jaime Munguia, a bout that has escalated in fan interest in recent weeks. Munguia prevailed in a Fight of the Year-level slugfest versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko atop a June 10 DAZN show, two weeks prior to Berlanga’s debut on the streaming platform and with Matchroom Boxing in a twelve-round win over Ireland’s Jason Quigely in New York City.
Hearn echoed the sentiment that a Berlanga-Munguia clash would be huge for the sport. De La Hoya raced to Twitter to shoot down the idea, largely to spite the head of Matchroom Boxing who had his own thoughts when made aware of the social media post.
“Oscar De La Hoya works for DAZN. He’s a f-----’ complete idiot,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com and other reports during a post-fight press conference following Berlanga’s win. “His job is to put on good fights with DAZN and he hasn’t really done that with Jaime Munguia. It’s probably the worst managed career I’ve ever seen in the history of boxing.
“His opponent list is awful other than Derevyanchenko recently who (turns to Berlanga) is also a faded fighter.”
Berlanga (21-0, 16KOs)—a popular NuyoRican based out of Brooklyn—signed with Matchroom earlier this spring. He and Derevyanchenko are both managed by Keith Connolly. Tijuana’s Munguia (42-0, 33KOs) is co-promoted by Zanfer Boxing and De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
There are storylines abound in a Berlanga-Munguia matchup, which is more attractive now since Munguia posted his win over Derevyanchenko in their regional super middleweight title fight. Both fighters plan to return in the early fall. Hearn mentioned other options for Berlanga—Matchroom-promoted John Ryder and former titlists Gennadiy Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders but sees a path to a Munguia fight despite De La Hoya’s dismissal.
“What I’ll do with Oscar De La Hoya is, I’ll speak to his bosses and I’ll come back to him,” Hearn commented before clarifying on past business done between Matchroom and Golden Boy. “I don’t have to deal with Oscar [directly]. We will speak with [Golden Boy president] Eric Gomez, like we always do.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox