Eddie Hearn wants to give credit where credit is due.
The head of Matchroom Boxing will preside over one of the more intriguing match-ups in British boxing on Oct. 8 when his charge, welterweight Conor Benn goes up against countryman and career middleweight/super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. in a catchweight bout set at 157 pounds at The O2 Arena in London.
The bout, hailed as a generational reprise of the fabled rivalry in the early 1990s between the fighters’ fathers, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr., was fraught with uncertainty during negotiations, according to Hearn, who admitted his track record delivering fights involving the younger Eubank had always been poor.
Not this time, however. Hearn said that the fact that Eubank is represented by Kalle Sauerland, the front man for Wasserman Boxing, made for much smoother talks.
“For years I’ve been trying to do a big fight with Chris Eubank,” Hearn told BBC 5 Live Boxing. “But Kalle Sauerland’s involvement—a friend of mine and someone I’ve worked [with]—changed everything. It enabled us to have sensible conversations.”
Hearn indicated that his previous effort to make a fight with Eubank fell flat on its face, in 2016, when he was trying to pair him with Gennadiy Golovkin. In the end, Golovkin would go on to fight one of Hearn’s other fighters, Kell Brook.
“Do you know how hard it was … the last three or four weeks holding my tongue,” Hearn said. “Because one wrong word and the fight’s off. I’ve learned my lesson from the past, because when we tried to make the Golovkin fight in the past it fell through, for stubbornness from everybody and I really wanted this fight. We got it over the line.
“For five days we had been waiting for Eubank to sign. He had been playing poker in Vegas…and it was like,' is this ever going to happen' and when it did…people talk about, 'you should’ve done it at Wembley.' We could’ve sold out three Wembleys. [But it will be at the] O2, October the 8th, monster.”