Hearn says Miller is more “realistic” with money he wants for Joshua fight than Wilder, Fury or Whyte
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn says he’s given Matchroom Boxing stable fighter Dillian Whyte a “good offer” to challenge Anthony Joshua for his three major heavyweight world titles [IBF, WBA & WBO] on April 13.
Hearn constantly talking up a fight between Joshua and Miller recently, it’s causing a lot of boxing to change their original opinion about not wanting to see AJ face Whyte. The fans didn’t want to see Joshua fight Whyte again, since he’s already destroyed him in December 2017 in stopping him in the 7th round. But the only option left is a mismatch between Joshua and Miller, the fans are suddenly now interested in seeing AJ fight Whyte. That fight is downright appealing in comparison to a horrid Joshua-Miller mismatch.
If money wasn’t the overriding factor in the decision making in selecting Joshua’s next opponent, Wilder would have been selected a long time ago, but he wants a 50-50 split of the plunder for the April 13 fight. The same goes for Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs). Fury wants half of the purse split for the fight with AJ, and Hearn doesn’t see him worth it.For his part, Whyte, 30, has got to feel pretty bad though, as he’s one of Hearn’s own Matchroom fighters, and he’s become a PPV guy in his own right. Whyte should be the one that is getting the Joshua fight in April based on what he’s done to earn the fight. Hearn isn’t saying what he offered Whyte, but it’s likely below the 60-40 that Fury and Wilder were offered.
Hearn says Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora 2 “looks good” for Dec.22
By Trevor McIntyre: Eddie Hearn says he’s spoken to both Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte, and he says it’s looking for the two heavyweights o face each other in a rematch on December 22 at the O2 Arena in London, England. This is unbelievably a fight that will wind up on Sky Box Office pay-per-view. It’s hard to imagine the British boxing public being willing to pay the likes of Whyte and Chisora face each other on pay-per-view.
“I spoke to Del Boy last night and talked to Dillian yesterday. It looks good for December 22 at the O2,” Hearn said to IFL TV. “That’s what we’re trying to do is get it over the line,” Hearn said.
Whye needs the Chisora fight to help raise his stock for a rematch against Anthony Joshua on April 13. Hearn says that Whyte and Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller are the leading candidates to face Joshua on that date. Joshua wants World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on April 13, but his team responded to the e-mail that Hearn sent them about taking the fight.
It would be interesting to know how much Chisora is getting out of the fight. Whyte is the A-side in the negotiations, and he said recently that he had doubts whether the fight with Chisora could get made due to business. In other words, Chisora might price himself out by asking for too much. Chisora, 34, raised his stock with his come from behind 8h round knockout win over former heavyweight world title challenger Carlos Takam on July 28 at the O2 Arena. Chisora went into that fight with a lot of boxing fans expecting him to lose. It looked like Chisora was on his way to losing he fight through the first seven rounds. In the 8th, Chisora changed things around in knocking Takam down twice to get a knockout win. The victory came at a cost though, as Chisora took a lot of punishment in winning the fight.
The December 22 date for the Whyte vs. Chisora conflicts with the big fight between interim WBO featherweight champion Carl Frampton and IBF champion Josh Warrington. If Hearn stays with the Dec.22 date, then he could cripple both the Whyte-Chisora fight and Warringon vs. Frampton ratings. Whyte vs. Chisora needs a good undercard for it to bring in a lot of PPV buys on Sky Box Office. The fight in itself isn’t big enough to interest a lot of boxing fans to purchase it.
This is a risky fight for Whyte. If he loses to Chisora, then his April 13 fight against Joshua goes down the drain. Whyte is the leading candidate to get that fight. Chisora got the better of Whyte in their fight in 2016, but he ended up losing by a controversial 12 round split decision. This is a going to be a tough fight for Whyte. He was dropped in the 12th round last July. It was a fight that Whyte could have lost if a better referee and judges had worked the fight. The referee Ian John Lewis bungled a call in giving Whyte credit for a knockdown in round two after he head-butted Parker.
Source – Boxing New 24
Hopkins gives GGG a 50-50 chance of beating Canelo to break his record.
By Sean Jones: Bernard ‘B-Hop’ Hopkins doesn’t want Gennady Golovkin to break his record of 20 title defenses this Saturday night when he faces Saul Canelo Alvarez in a rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins says Golovkin has a 50-50 chance of beating Canelo, who he personally promotes as part of Golden Boy Promotions.
Hopkins says that he thinks Canelo will beat Golovkin, but he’s still not sure whether he will.
Canelo and his trainers Chepo and Eddy Reynoso aren’t worried about records on Saturday. They’re just hoping that they can beat GGG this time, because they came up short last time in being held to a controversial 12 round draw. They were extremely lucky to get that draw and likely know it. There won’t be any records on the line for them, as Canelo is not a world champion at middleweight. If Canelo beats Golovkin, it’ll be his first real world title in the weight class. Canelo beat former WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in November 2015, but that was at a catch-weight of 155 pounds and not at the full weight for the middleweight division at 160. That was back during Canleo’s catch-weight phase of his career, which started in 2013 with his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and lasted until 2017. That was roughly four years of almost continuous catch-weight fights for Canelo. He had six catch-weight fights out of the seven fights that he had during four-year period from 2013 to 2017. Canelo’s only non-catch-fight came when he moved down to 154 to defeat WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith in September 2016. Canelo-GGG 2 takes place this Saturday night on HBO PPV at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Hopkins record of 20 title defenses is largely overrated, as most of the wins that he had during his time as a middleweight champion were over guys that wouldn’t measure up in this era. We’re talking about a lot of fighters that would like be little more than journeyman in this era. You can’t blame Hopkins for the low level opposition that was around during his time as the middleweight champion. Hopkins beat the guys that were around at the time, but the fact of the matter is, Hopkins was a world champion at middleweight during a particularly weak era for the division between 1995 to 2005. When he division suddenly heated up in 2005 with the emergence of U.S Olympian Jermain Taylor, Hopkins lost twice to him and then bailed out from the division.
Hopkins somehow sees his time as a middleweight champion as validating his greatness. However, the reality is, Hopkins didn’t fight anyone particularly good during his 20 title defenses at middleweight. Hopkins dominated at 160 during a weak era and once someone good came alone in Jermain Taylor, he lost to him twice. Hopkins lost to Roy Jones Jr. when he was still in the prime of his career, and he had already moved up in weight to 175 when Golovkin emerged as the best fighter in the 160 pound weight class. It’s too bad Hopkins didn’t stick around 160 long enough to face GGG, but likely wouldn’t have mattered. Jermain Taylor exposed Hopkins twice and sent him on his way, leaving the middleweight division rather than sticking around as a mere contender.
“I’d say GGG got a 50-50 chance to break the record. But this ain’t no gimme. If he’s going to break this record, he will have to earn it against Canelo,” Hopkins said to ESPN.com. ” I need my guy Canelo to win,” Hopkins said. “It’s one thing to be on the business side of it and another thing personally.”
Source – Boxing News 24