Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn spent time chatting with Fight Hype about his thoughts on the lightweight division and his increasingly hostile beef with Mayweather Promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe.
Hearn says despite legal warnings from Ellerbe and Mayweather Promotions, he’s willing to make a huge offer to Gervonta Davis if it’s true he’s out of contract.
On who Hearn sees the best dog at 135
“You have to say Devin now. Can the others beat him? That’s another question. I mean, I place great importance on Tank Davis. He’s a big puncher, he’s also extremely skilled, but Devin has got to be the best dog, he’s the undisputed champion right now. Ryan Garcia is probably the biggest draw of all these guys, hasn’t been tested yet – I mean, had a good win against Luke Campbell, dropped in this fight. Can he beat Devin Haney, can he beat Tank Davis?
“I think the biggest fight in the division is Ryan Garcia against Tank Davis, to be honest with you. It’s just a big mix of audiences, a big mix of fan bases, it’s just a huge fight. But there are some great fights in the division. Let’s not forget Vasiliy Lomachenko, he could beat them all. Because when he boxed Teofimo Lopez he got injured and he wasn’t 100%, but you can’t take anything away from Teo. But Lomachenko, Haney, Garcia, Tank Davis – big division. Let’s see them fight, and Kambosos, let’s not fully rule it yet.
By publicly acknowledging his interest in signing Gervonta Davis and what he thinks Davis could do
” I do not really know. I mean, we got a legal letter from Leonard Ellerbe and Mayweather Promotions telling us to stop talking or mentioning Gervonta Davis, or approaching him, or whatever they thought we were doing. The reality is we have no idea, I guess that means he’s still under contract with Mayweather Promotions. I also saw Tank say this was his last fight with them under his contract. So when does this contract expire?
“What we won’t do is approach a contracted fighter. So if the opportunity arises to talk to him and he’s not under a promotional contract, we’ll make him a huge offer. But let’s see.
“They did a good job with him, and I’m not knocking that. He’s a big draw, but he’s also a great fighter and an exciting fighter, so it’s easier to do this kind of work, but I feel like Mayweather Promotions did a good job. The problem is that it is with a PPV (point of sale), the model that we use is that we let these fighters own the pot of money and we work for them.
“That’s probably not the model they’re using and Tank will look at these stadiums he fills and look at the PPV numbers and go, ‘Hmmm, who gets what here?’ And with our biggest stars, whether it’s Canelo or AJ, you own it all and we work for you, and that’s the model we would apply to a star like Gervonta Davis.
On her ongoing falling out with Leonard Ellerbe
“Maybe (it gets out of control). I think we just have very different senses of humor. I think Britain and sarcasm and that sort of thing – I mean, he phoned me once yelling and shouting, and he made several threats to me. But, first of all, these threats are, like, irrelevant and couldn’t bother me in the slightest. But, second, he doesn’t really understand back and forth. So ultimately I think we’re good for each other.
“Like he keeps talking about me in America, and obviously my profile is smaller in America than in the UK. Nobody really knows who he is in the UK, but he doesn’t really understand So for him, he takes it personally, which is kind of sad, and I understand that, but I’m just going to say what I think.
“If a guy is going to say he’s going to step on me or he’s going to hit me when he sees me or something like that – number one, he’s a 60-year-old man; but second, he talks about “being professional” – I’m not going to start cowering and saying “Oh, I’m sorry, Leonard”. I don’t want to upset you, because fuck it at the end of the day. I will speak as I want to speak, and I say what I want to say.
“And Leonard Ellerbe never really – when you look at my CV and what we’ve done internationally in terms of major events, we’re on another level. I respect what Leonard does in business and he been around and been involved in some big shows but when he talks about i’m the biggest clown in boxing when you look at what we do and look at our resume i think he looks silly He knows how good we are, but we get into his territory and try to get the upper hand and I’m met with fierce resistance from everyone, which is flattering.