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Promoter Eddie Hearn Blasts Charlo, Munguia, and Crawford

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Well, for a promoter speaking at a fight he’s promoting, Eddie Hearn sure had a lot to say about everyone BUT the fighter’s on his card.

Following the very entertaining third chapter of the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez trilogy Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona, the British promoter and DAZN figurehead dished a bit of nastiness to the assembled media about Jermall Charlo, Jaime Munguia, and Terence Crawford.

“When did Charlo last fight? It was a year and three months ago. I don’t understand. Boxing is so messed up with fighters making too much money that don’t represent their commercial value,” Hearn said.

“These guys would rather not fight. It tells you how much they love the sport and care about their legacy, where they’re really just happy to drive around in Lamborghinis and not really getting in the gym.

“That’s why I have so much respect for Canelo because he actively wants to fight. He could just have a year off if he wanted to and just go on holiday, but he wants to get back into the gym and wants to fight. That’s what they should be doing, but so many of them are so inactive.

Hearn was then asked about middleweight Jaime Munguia, and if he takes the Mexican fighter seriously.

“No,” responded Hearn. “I like Jaime Munguia, and I like Fernando Beltran [Munguia’s co-promoter] and these guys. His [Munguia’s] resume is awful.

“The fights that he’d had recently, I don’t want to go in too hard because I like the guy, and I like the team, but he had the opportunity move up and fight Demetrius Andrade when he [Munguia] moved to middleweight. He said, ‘No.’

“Then he [Munguia] went and fought nobody about eight times. Then he had the opportunity to fight Janibek [for the vacant WBO middleweight] world title, and he said, ‘No.’

“Like, I don’t know what they [Munguia’s promoters Golden Boy Promotions/Zanfer Promotions] are doing with Jaime Munguia. I think he’s a good fighter. I think he looks great, I think he could be a superstar, but it’s just the worst matchmaking from Golden Boy that I’ve ever seen.

“The last guy [that Munguia fought, Gonzalo Gaston Coria], it was unbelievable. It was bad leading up to that. I don’t know what he’s doing.”

Then, Hearn’s attention was shifted back towards Jermall Charlo

“I just don’t see Charlo as a draw,” said Hearn when asked if he’d like to see Charlo, the WBC middleweight champ take on IBF/WBA champ Gennadiy Golovkin. “I don’t see how you can build a profile of a fighter when he’s inactive for 15 or 16 months.”

“It’s a waste of Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez’s time to fight Jermall Charlo because he’s been too inactive in his career, and his resume is littered with weak opposition.

“More than that because he’s not going to fight this year…He’s not going to fight in January. He’s not even in the gym.”

“Gennadiy Golovkin against Munguia, that’s a fight that could be a lot more interesting, a lot more bigger,” Hearn added. “Listen, if I’m Jaime Munguia, I’m trying to get a fight against Canelo Alvarez. For me, that’s a massive fight, but at the same time, you’ve got to beat the opposition to put yourself in the hat for that fight,” said Hearn.

WBO middleweight champ Terence Crawford was also dressed down by the second generation promoter.

“…Look at Terence Crawford. He’s making $10 million to fight David Avanesyan,” Hearn said. “If it’s sixty bucks, it won’t do 10,000 buys.

“If you’re getting paid that much to fight Avanesyan, you want 20 [million] to fight Spence or 25, which is still too much money. So everybody is going mad.

“The problem is if it’s out there, I say it’s not the right commercial price or the commercial value, but if it’s out there, it’s just madness. I just feel like you’re going to be inactive. These guys are so inactive.

“The problem you have in this country is that Terence Crawford could walk down Glendale in the mall or in Phoenix or wherever, and no one would have a clue who he is, and he’s the pound-for-pound #1 in the sport.

“I find that unbelievable. No, it’s not [good for the sport]. I think it’s a mix of laziness. I also think boxing has a tough sport because there are so many sports ahead of it in the pecking order here [in the U.S.].” It should be noted that Hearn, who was handed a billion-dollar budget in 2018 to build the DAZN Boxing brand in the United States, has also failed to kick start a boxing resurgence in America and has also been accused of green-lighting hyper-inflated fighter purses.

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Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]