‘Envious’ Eddie Hearn Links Up With UFC President Dana White and Billy Joe Saunders

Published 04/15/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Eddie Hearn during the press conference at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)


Eddie Hearn is one of boxing’s most famous promoters, as he has tried to revolutionize the sport in many ways. Moreover, Hearn is also famous for being a shrewd negotiator. However, the Englishman has shown his desire to do more for boxing.

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This dream of Hearn may be underway as the Matchroom Boxing’s managing director linked up with UFC President Dana White at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. He also met his two high-profile fighters, Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez.

The promoter took to his Instagram to share pictures of his meetings with the fighters. He first met Canelo Alvarez and said it was great to catch up with him and his team. The Englishman then flew over to Las Vegas to meet Dana White and Billy Joe Saunders.

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There is no confirmation of the details of the meeting between the two. However, fans will start speculating on a possible super-fight between one of Hearn’s boxers and White’s fighters. Although, it could just be a case of Hearn being in America for the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren bout.

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Why is Eddie Hearn envious of Dana White?

The link-up showed that Dana White and Eddie Hearn share a good relationship, unlike the one between the UFC President and Top Rank’s Bob Arum. However, it is no secret that Hearn is jealous of White and his work in the UFC. So what is the reason behind this?

Hearn had previously admitted that he was envious of the UFC model. Furthermore, the promoter confirmed he was working on a blueprint for boxing to follow a similar route. However, there is no news about the implementation of the same.

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Despite this, Hearn seems to have picked up a thing or two from White. While other promoters like to protect their champions, Hearn has already agreed to two super-fights for 2021. Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will finally meet after years of trash talking. This was entirely down to Hearn.

Moreover, the highly anticipated bout between Anthony Joshua and ‘The Gypsy King’ is also officially signed. However, there are issues that Hearn needs to iron out. Regardless of this, the promoter has shown his confidence that ‘AJ’ will face Fury.

What do you make of this link-up? Do you think Eddie Hearn is right in wanting to follow the UFC model?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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