Once Boxing restarted with full force in the post-lockdown era, the sport witnessed some blockbuster events from several promoters in the business. That said, the inevitable competition of organizers within the sport has doubled in recent times. While Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn have always disliked each other, they turned the relationship even complex with some recent verbal spat.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank will host its upcoming event on October 17, where Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez will fight each other in the headliner. Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom boxing will also stage its event on October 17, headlined by Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vasquez. Thus, they have a deep competition in garnering PPV sales this weekend.
Bob Arum connected with the official YouTube channel of TR boxing, dissing his rival promoter badly. Demeaning Sky Sport’s entire process, Arum accused Hearn’s team of prioritizing money over anything.
He said, “Any fight that Eddie Hearn does, whether it’s a major fight or a minor fight, they put on pay-per-view because Sky Sports is only interested in a money grab,” said Arum.
He further labeled Sky Sport’s functions to be “disgrace” and said that he would never buy a fight of them. He added, “It’s really immoral to require people to spend money watching their favorite sport every week, every other week. What Sky Sports is doing in the U.K. is an absolute disgrace. I don’t care if they never buy another fight from me. What they’re doing now is a disgrace.”
In response, Eddie Hearn also fired heat at Bob Arum. Talking with IFL TV, he said that Arum speaks whatever he feels like. However, he also demeans his stance during the Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook fight. Hearn said, “Bob says whatever suits Bob at the time.”
He added, “Bob’s sulking because he couldn’t find a customer. That’s basically what happened. On the one hand, Bob says Sky does too many pay-per-views, and blah, blah, blah, and he pitched to Sky, Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook on pay-per-view. So on one hand, he’s accusing these people of doing too many pay-per-views, but on the other hand, he’s trying to sell them a pay-per-view. I don’t really understand that. So I rejected that fight, and he was pissed off.”
Meanwhile, fight fans are excited about both the promotion’s upcoming events. So it’s bizarre to see the promoters battle with words. However, it is something that will never change in the fight business.