Eddie Hearn Justifies Losing Bid for Andrade v Parker Interim Title Fight
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn losing another purse bid to rival promoter Frank Warren, Queensbury Promotions CEO, has everyone wondering two things. Have the deep pockets of DAZN placed a withdrawal limit on his account, or does Hearn feel that WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (31-0, 19 KO’s) is not worth the money?
For the second time in a row, the charismatic promoter saw Warren drop a bigger money bag on a fight featuring one of his fighters. On January 28, Warren snagged the rights to host the fight between his fighter, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury, and mandatory fighter Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte.
This time around, the Queensbury Promotions top brass wrestled away the vacant WBO Interim super middleweight title fight between Andrade and #1 ranked Zach Parker (22-0, 16 KO’s). This fight has major implications as the winner could land a fight with undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
MAKING THE BID BASED ON THE VALUE
So, why another purse bid defeat? Is Hearn losing his grip on the sport? During an interview with iFL TV, Hearn went into detail about why he lost the bid.
“When you make a bid for a fight, you make a bid in relation to the commercial value fight. It doesn’t matter whether you lose it by $60 or $70 thousand, or you lose it by $5 million. […] Demetrius Andrade against Zach Parker has really absolutely no interest in America at all, quite frankly […] also in the UK, it’s not a particularly big fight.
Let’s make one thing clear, Demetrius Andrade against Zach Parker in America, I’m sorry, is not a big fight.”
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By: Garrisson Bland