Hearn Prepared To Win Purse Bid For Wilder-Fury Rematch

By Jake Donovan

You can count Eddie Hearn among the promoters keeping a close eye on the progress of current talks for a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. 

The formal announcement from the World Boxing Council (WBC) imposing a February 5 deadline for Wilder and Fury to reach an agreement before being subject to a purse bid hearing has undoubtedly caught the attention of promoters around the world.

In the event that Wilder and Fury can’t come to terms for a now ordered rematch to their thrilling 12-round draw last December. Should it reach that point, the winning bid will be split 60/40 in favor of Wilder as the defending champion.

eddie-hearn (2)_4

Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing—which has the sport’s greatest heavyweight gate attraction in unbeaten, unified titlist Anthony Joshua—plans to be chief among the pack of those looking to secure the rights to such a fight in the event that it reaches that point.

“I thought to myself, one if I was a fighter – and I don’t believe Tyson has a contract with BT Sport and Deontay doesn’t have a contract with Showtime Sports—I thought to myself, ‘F*** yeah’ let it go to purse bids,” Hearn told IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius.

“Why don’t we let Eddie Hearn do something crazy in the purse bid? Why don’t we let DAZN do something crazy? How much do you think DAZN would bid for that fight?”

Hearn's Matchroom Boxing USA is the primary boxing content provider for DAZN USA's sports streaming service. More so than his willingness to promote such an event, the 60/40 split has England's leading promoter rethinking his own position on securing the services of either heavyweight as Joshua’s next opponent for a planned April 13 show at Wembley Stadium in London.

“If (Fury) wants a split, if he wants 60/40 that can absolutely happen. But 50/50 is not accurate. You’ve got a four-belt world champion versus a challenger. That’s the cold hard facts. It’s not a slight on Tyson Fury, it’s not a disrespect, we’ve got a great deal of respect for Tyson Fury. If Deontay Wilder wants 60/40, we can give them 60/40. If Tyson Fury wants 60/40, we can give them 60/40.”

“But that’s not what was asked to be presented to them. Maybe Frank (Warren. Fury’s promoter) is just out of the loop. If he really thinks it’s 50/50, the fight isn’t going to happen next.”

Industry sources indicate that talks are actually progressing and that there remains a strong likelihood of a deal being reached for a rematch to take place in mid-to-late spring. As much isn’t at all lost on Hearn, who saw the WBC’s recent ruling for what it is—means to lock in and reach a deal without discussing other fights.

“I think the move made by the WBC was nice,” Hearn acknowledges. “I like it. It will shake things up a little bit. It will help move things along a lot quicker. Fury is an independent smart guy. He might be thinking, ‘With all the powers in boxing—Matchroom with Sky (and DAZN), Frank Warren and BT, Top Rank and his deal with ESPN. Fox and Showtime.

“Can you imagine the bidders for that fight, in our current climate?”

Should talks somehow remain unresolved by February 5, you can fully expect England’s leading promoter at WBC headquarters with envelope in hand ready to bid.

“F****n’ right I am,” Hearn exclaimed to IFL when asked if he’d plan to outbid those among a marketplace pouring more money than ever before into the sport. “I’m going to bid a fortune! But I doubt it will get there. Tyson won’t want 60/40. If he wants 50/50 against Joshua, He should be getting 60/40 against Wilder himself.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Batfink on 01-19-2019

[QUOTE=Toffee;19441949]As far as I'm concerned there are a number of fights "being made" right now. Offers are flying around, negotiations are happening. Of those fights, AJ v Wilder is the biggest and it can happen. If Fury and Wilder sign…

Comment by that g on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=Ray*;19440794]If he really wants to bid for it then why make your intentions known to the public? You could have shocked everyone by going to the purse bid (If the fight goes to purse bid) and winning it. Now both…

Comment by Toffee on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=Batfink;19441840]Not quite accurate currently the biggest fight being made is wilder vs fury II. Think about that for a second Joshua cannot get a bigger fight by himself he has to fight one of these two then yes that fight…

Comment by Batfink on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=Toffee;19441742]Of course it disrupts Joshua and Matchroom. But you're drawing a long bow to say that makes it the biggest fight. AJ v Wilder is still the biggest fight and AJ is still the top dog, both in ranking and…

Comment by Toffee on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=Batfink;19441397] I guess it’s clear Fury Wilder II disrupts matchrooms plans for Joshua and they certainly won’t want to decide on their date until something comes back in relation to Wilder/Fury. What does this tell us about the state off…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (96)
Top Headlines Ergashev Defeats Fox In Very Competitive 'ShoBox' Main Event Rob Brant Drops, Stops Khasan Baysangurov in Eleventh Rob Brant-Khasan Baysangurov: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Thomas Ward Picks Apart Jesse Hernandez In 'ShoBox' Opener Mikaela Mayer Boxes Past a Game Yareli Larios For Decision Joshua Greer Gets Off The Floor To Knock Escaner Out Nico Hernandez Dominates Victor Trejo Over Eight Photos: Omar Figueroa, John Molina - Ready For War in LA Photos: Leo Santa Cruz, Rafael Rivera - Ready For Title Clash Brant-Baysangurov: Early ESPN Results From Hinckley, Minn Joshua Greer: I Can Beat Anyone at Bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza vs. Ricardo Nunez on March 1, Telemundo Anthony Joshua-Jarrell Miller Sets Pre-Sale Record at MSG Brandon Rios Expects Very Tough Fight With Humberto Soto Ergashev: Fox is Tall, Good Boxer - But I'm Knocking Him Out! Mikaela Mayer Continues To Clear Obstacles In The Pro Ranks Weights: Santa Cruz-Rivera Ready, Molina-Figueroa Weight Bump Gilberto Ramirez Wants 175 Debut, Then Sergey Kovalev Fight Rene Alvarado Was Very Surprised That Cancio Stopped Machado Whyte: No Shock if Jarrell Miller Upsets Anthony Joshua Promoter Salita Sees Hard-Hitting Ergashev As The Next Golovkin Photos: Chisora Begins Working Relationship With Dave Coldwell Hekkie Budler Hooks Up With MTK With Aim of World Title Teofimo Lopez, Top Rank in Pursuit of WBC Title in 2019 WBC Prez To Rule On Mikey Garcia's Title After Spence Fight Photos: Chris Eubank Jr. Training in Beast Mode For DeGale Warren Rips Hearn, Says He's To Blame For Joshua's Fallouts News: Adam Lopez, Havnaa Title Shot, Chantelle Cameron Update Mayweather Says Another Exhibition Being Lined Up For July Jarrell Miller Vows To Crush Joshua Like Tyson Did Frank Bruno AIBA Head Urges IOC To End Boxing Freeze For Olympic Games Santa Cruz Sad For Mares; Would Quit For Family If It Were Him Spence: If I Beat Garcia The Way I Plan, I'll Be The Guy in The Sport Jose Ramirez Shoots Down Trash Talk From Regis Prograis Photos: Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox - ShoBox Weights Photos: Rob Brant, Khasan Baysangurov - Ready For Title Battle Photos: Omar Figueroa, John Molina - Face To Face, Final Presser Photos: Leo Santa Cruz, Rafael Rivera - Face To Face, Final Presser Miller Co-Promoter: Joshua is Not The Same Since Klitschko Fight Abel Ramos vs. Francisco Santana Added To Porter-Ugas Card

Latest Active Forum Threads