Fightful Boxing Newsletter (5/31) Table Of Contents:
- Eddie Hearn Negotiating With Several Top Boxers For Matchroom Boxing USA (Page 1)
- Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder Talks Hit A Roadblock (Page 2)
- Latest On Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Negotiations (Page 3)
- Status World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Finals (Page 4)
- Vasiliy Lomachenko Undergoes Surgery, When He'll Return? (Page 5)
Eddie Hearn Negotiating With Several Top Boxers For Matchroom Boxing USA
When Eddie Hearn announced that he would partner up with Perform Group for an eight-year, $1 billion deal to stream 16 yearly Matchroom Boxing USA shows, many had initially worried that Hearn would not be able to get the right amount of stars to make this a worthwhile venture in the long run.
Almost a month after the initial announcement was made and although we have yet to hear any real big news on who has joined the Matchroom-DAZN stable, a number of names have seriously considered joining the stable, but none have made bigger news for negotiating with Hearn than Adrien Broner.
Talks between Broner and Hearn began when Broner posted a picture on Instagram saying he wants to talk business with Hearn, referring to a deal to have Broner fight on DAZN. Talks immediately fell when Broner posted a picture of an email on his Instagram account on May 23 that is believed to be from Matchroom USA and it lists what the offer is for Broner. The offer has Broner fight on three DAZN cards starting this September with each fight giving him a minimum guaranteed $2 million purse throughout the three fights:
Fight #1: September 2018: $2 Million Purse
Fight #2: March 2019: $2.25 Million Purse
Fight #3: September 2019: $2.5 Million Purse
On the surface, this seems like one of the biggest offers for a U.S. boxer today given how only a handful of boxers are able to reach a $1 million purse and Broner was offered double that for his next three fights.
Broner did not see it that way.
Despite the lucrative offer, Broner thought it was a very low offer, calling it “a slave deal” and lower than Roc Nation’s offer, referencing the five-year/$40 million contract offered to Broner a few years ago, which Broner also declined.
The offer from Hearn made Broner not only back out of talks but also reassure Al Haymon and Showtime Sports Executive President Stephen Espinoza that he will be loyal to Premier Boxing Champions and to the network, which has received high viewership numbers with Broner fighting in the main event.
With Broner no longer in the picture for Hearn, the British promoter has decided to set his sights on the other big U.S. “free agents” in boxing. The second big name to say no is WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. It’s unknown how far talks between the two sides went, but it’s safe to assume Wilder quickly shot down an offer from the promoter he believes is responsible for stalling talks of a heavyweight superfight between Wilder and unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
As for all the other big names, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and interim WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, not only have been in discussions with Hearn and are considering joining Matchroom Boxing USA’s DAZN roster, but also revealed they are fielding offers from other promoters.
For Garcia, it was revealed by Robert Garcia that Mikey was in talks of joining Dana White’s Zuffa Boxing, but it’s unknown how far those talks have gone. White did invite Mikey to Las Vegas in order to coax the four-division champion to join the stable. Hearn’s offer to Mikey Garcia, although unknown, should be around the ballpark of what was offered to Broner. Robert also recently said that the offer made to Mikey wasn’t exactly the highest possible offer, but it was described as a very tempting offer.
The Charlo Twins have also been negotiating with Hearn and they also revealed that they have been in talks with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, though a decision on which offer to take will have to wait until after June 9. Jermell will be defending his 154-pound world title on the June 9 Showtime boxing card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Austin Trout. Though that fight will likely be a competitive and has the potential to be a “Fight of the Year” candidate, Jermell is the favorite.
Going back to the Broner offer, the big picture isn’t that Broner will not be fighting for Hearn, but the fact that Broner is offered double his usual purse for his next three fights. Although Broner and Espinoza insinuated that Broner makes more than the guaranteed $1 million he’s made in each of his last couple of fights, we don’t know what he makes total in his fights. The number everyone focuses on is the $1 million and the $6.75 million offer for Broner’s next three fights.
If anything, this is perhaps an unintended win for Hearn. With the $1 billion deal for the Matchroom-Perform Group partnership, there will be money to throw for some of the big names in boxing. Broner’s Instagram post confirmed that Hearn is willing to make big offers to anybody Hearn wants to sign.
This also has a trickle-down effect on the younger boxers, whom Hearn will also want to sign. Given that DAZN will be streaming 16 Matchroom Boxing USA shows each year for the next eight years, Hearn will look at U.S. Olympic boxers, highly-touted prospects that he believes he can mold into future stars.
Hearn said we should expect to hear news of who will be a part of the DAZN roster in June with the service ready to launch in the United States later this summer. The first Matchroom show in the United States to be streamed on DAZN is expected to happen sometime in September, but we have yet to hear where and who will fight on the card. The card will likely feature some of Hearn’s fighters from the United Kingdom.
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