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I watched a Hearn interview today or yesterday and he said (amongst other things) the following;

1) Maurice Hooker has been given an offer to fight Conor Benn
2) A "very large" offer has been sent to QB for Anthony Yarde to fight Joshua Buatsi on DAZN
3) Conor Benn, Chris Billam-Smith & someone else I can't recall have been removed from the WBC rankings for failing to enrol in their Clean Boxing Programme
4) Benn isn't ready for Avenysan yet (and also said that Hooker isn't as good as Avenysan excuse the spelling mistake can't be bothered to look it up though)

The Yarde offer is what got me paying attention. I watched a Warren interview today and he confirmed the offer had come in but was quick to downplay the significance of the sum on offer, he said what's very large to Hearn obviously isn't very large to himself. He also said that Hearn only made the offer as he knows Yarde is eyeing Joe Smith Jr next.
 

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Yarde vs Buatsi would be very tasty.
Yarde is next in line for Joe Smith thats why they made the offer now, looks like Smith vs Yarde will be next or Yarde will get the winner of Smith vs Beterbiev in a Unification

They are both winnable for Yarde if he can box and be safe against Smith and try and catch Beterbiev before getting caught (highly unlikely) but Yarde has a good chin and Beterbiev can be hurt

Makes no sense to fight Buatsi yet which is why Hearn offered
 

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EH whenever he talks about Avanesyan he basically says, the guy is too good a fighter and too much a risk for the draw he brings in. I doubt any Matchroom fighters will be fighting him in the near future.
 

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I watched this Hearn interview yesterday, I should have broke it down then but didn't have time so off memory this is what I have for anyone who's interested but doesn't have an hour to sit and watch

Fury vs Whyte
  • Whyte will take the fight against Fury
  • QB won the purse bid because they made an artificial bid (adds that that's not unusual)
  • He hasn't made any comments about the fight because it's not his fight
  • The purse split is outrageous
  • We spoke to Ben Shalom to see how much Sky were looking to bid but in the end only I and QB turned up

Joshua vs Usyk
  • Fury asked for a fight before Usyk so AJ asked for more money and then Fury ended negotiations and decided to fight Whyte instead
  • We trust Usyk to do what he says but we don't trust Fury to fight three times this year and AJ needs his shot this year
  • AJ said he'll beat Usyk without a trainer

Taylor vs Serrano
  • Paul was great at the launch presser and adds value to the promotion
  • Paul's involvement is the reason Serrano can get the money she wants for the fight
  • The fight is bigger than Stevenson vs Valdez Jr so we're not worried if they go the same night
  • Arum's comments about women's boxing show he's a dinosaur stuck in the dark ages and Warren's lack of female interest proves he's the same

 

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I think what is clear from observing Hearn in this interview is he's deeply concerned about the future of his heavyweight stable. Neither of his two top heavyweight attractions are favourites to win their next fights as things stand and there'll be no rematch clauses either so a real worry for Matchroom. Who's next in line after Whyte? If it's Wardley the situation is dire but I still think Joshua has a chance so all might not be lost, time will tell
 

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It would seem that cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie is on his way out of Matchroom after his next fight if not before, following an offer Eddie Hearn says that Boxxer made him recently in which they've apparently said they want to make the unbeaten Brit the poster boy for Sky Sports boxing.

I watched an interview Hearn gave where he not only said the above but he was also asked about some Tweets that Okolie had made which allegedly insinuated that Hearn was a slavemaster (the Tweets have since been deleted). Hearn was visibly upset and let down by the Tweets and of course vehemently denies such treatment of Okolie, using the opportunity on camera to remind us of everything he's done in favour of the fighter including losing money on shows and buying him a Rolex watch, all in an effort to restore his name and show Okolie to be an ungrateful pos.

With recent departures from Parker and Liam Smith, this wouldn't be good news for the Matchroom stable which is already looking depleted since confirming exclusivity with DAZN.
 
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