“These Boys They Are Done”- Eddie Hearn Bills Himself Superior to Don King, Bob Arum, and Frank Warren

Published 04/11/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Promoter, Eddie Hearn speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Matchroom Kingpin Eddie Hearn is undoubtedly one of the finest promoters of all time in boxing. Although many can rightfully challenge his stature, the Brit claims that he is superior to all the promoters of the by-gone days.

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That said, boxing still has several veteran administrators in Bob Arum, Frank Warren, and more. So, Eddie Hearn respects each of those individuals, but he believes to have done enough to claim the top spot.

Hearn connected with IFL TV to address several ongoing issues. Meanwhile, he also shared his opinion on the greatest promoters of boxing, billing himself as the best.

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“I don’t always really agree with the way Don King does business, but he was a very good promoter. If there is a show in town, you knew there is a show in town. Bob Arum has lasted, you know the test of time, I mean he is still going. Spoke several times in the last few days, unbelievable energy. You know my old man, Hall of Famer Frankie Warren,” said Eddie Hearn.

He added, “But these boys, they are done. I mean this is kinda like you know, they have had their time, worlds changed and it’s not really the same anymore.”

Nevertheless, not many people might agree with Eddie Hearn. Despite putting Matchroom Promotions into the broader spectrum, Hearn still has competition left in the market.

Is Eddie Hearn really the greatest promoter of the time?

A few weeks back, Hearn vowed to introduce a UFC-based model in boxing and appeared optimistic about monopolizing the sport. However, Oscar De La Hoya reacted to the statement and didn’t seem to like the idea.

The former champion pugilist ridiculed Hearn, and it appeared to be a healthy competition between two prime promoters of this era. But it seemingly turned ugly when Hearn responded with fire.

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Responding to De La Hoya, Eddie Hearn replied in the AK& Barak show,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.” (H/T:- World Boxing News)

It seems that Hearn is adamant about being at the top. And with his sheer smartness onboard, it might not be a hard task to achieve. But will he be successful in monopolizing the business in the sport?

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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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