‘This Whole Problem Has Been Caused by Top Rank’ – Eddie Hearn Pulls No Punches on Bob Arum

Published 02/27/2021, 9:00 AM EST
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 06: Eddie Hearn attends a press conference at Bramall Lane on February 6, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by James Wilson/MB Media/Getty Images)


A week ago, Bob Arum expressed his frustration on the Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. fight that went to purse bids. The Top Rank CEO wanted to schedule this fight in his own big way, giving his A-grade fighter, Teofimo Lopez, a substantial amount from the purse. However, as both the fighters rooted for a bigger purse, the fight went to purse bids.

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Many big-wig promoters, including Eddie Hearn, bid for the Lopez vs Kambosos Jr. lightweight title fight, which staggered Bob Arum. The latter fired shots at the Matchroom supremo for placing his bids for this fight and received an immediate response. In a chat with Boxing Scene, Eddie Hearn commented on what he felt was the root of the problem.

He said, “Teofimo Lopez took the chance for small money to fight Lomachenko because he believed he would win and he believed he would get the financial rewards he deserved. But guess what? When he won, they wouldn’t give it to him. And this whole problem has been caused by Top Rank.” 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Hearn talks to the media during a press conference ahead of the fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Spike O’Sullivan at Trinity House on November 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As per Boxing Scene, if Arum‘s Top Rank Promotions had won the bid, Lopez would have received $1.5 million for the Kambosos Jr. fight per the 65-35 split. But the ‘Takeover’ and his opponent both wanted a bigger pie than offered, and they’ve finally received it.

Triller, video production, and a social networking app won the bid for offering a whopping $6,018,000. It will now host one of Arum’s biggest fighters’ mandatory bout by mid-2021.

Will this hamper Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum’s relationship in a long run?

Although Hearn didn’t win the bid for this fight, he still left Bob Arum angered with his offer of $3 million. Arum didn’t want anyone to bid for this fight, as he felt the amount offered to both fighters was just correct.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Bob Arum speaks during the Manny Pacquiao v Chris Algieri Media Tour at The Liberty Theatre on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

On the other side, Hearn felt that Arum was forcing his opinion onto others and he mismanaged his fighter. However, this is not the first time Arum and Hearn have collided with each other. In the past, there have been several instances when the pair wasn’t on the same page.

With the rivalry among the two reaching new heights, fans wonder who’ll take the next dig at the other. The combat sports fraternity will hope to see them getting back on friendly terms and settle their dispute for the sake of boxing.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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