“Oscar De La Hoya Is Using My Name to Build His Profile”- Eddie Hearn Fires Back at the Golden Boy Kingpin

Published 04/09/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The ongoing turmoils between Eddie Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya might not end soon, as the Matchroom kingpin has advanced the feud by lashing out at the former boxer. However, the roots of the banter may have come out from the Golden Boy shelter.

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A few days back, ‘The Golden Boy’ took to Twitter and ridiculed Hearn for claiming that Matchroom would become the UFC of boxing. Being two of the biggest promoters in the sport, De La Hoya and Hearn seem to be in a constant race against each other, and Hearn’s idea of introducing a UFC-based model in boxing didn’t sit well with the former world champion boxer.

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Nevertheless, Hearn didn’t seem worried about that as he responded to De La Hoya in his own fashion. The Matchroom Director sat down at the AK &Barak Show and shed his opinion on the entire scenario.

“It’s a good thing Oscar de la Hoya is using my name to build his profile. I respect Oscar. He’s doing his thing, and I’m doing mine. It’s nothing personal when I say I want to monopolize boxing. It’s just competition. I don’t look at Golden Boy as a competitor for what we’re doing on a global level,” said Eddie Hearn (H/T:- World Boxing News)

The 41-year-old added, “Where I want to take the sport, we will upset some people. We have been for years. This is nothing new. We want to be the biggest promoter in the sport and become a global player.”

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Both the promotions are currently on the road to the top and have legitimate superstars on board. So, they might not hesitate to carry forward the clash. A few days back, Hearn also shot fire at Oscar De La Hoya’s prime prodigy and the current WBC Interim 135 lbs champion Ryan Garcia.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)

While Garcia was mandatory to Devin Haney’s WBC belt, the Interim champion opted to face Javier Fortuna in his next fight. As per Hearn, it urged them to line up ‘The Dream’ against Jorge Linares. This was just one instance amongst many in which Hearn and De La Hoya have gone against each other.

Given the latest salvo and Oscar’s impending in-ring return, this feud is sure to take center stage for a substantial period. Do you think the rigmaroles between De La Hoya and Hearn will hamper the sport of boxing? Or will they better it by trying to outdo the other?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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