Michael Hunter Announces Split With Matchroom Boxing
Top heavyweight contender Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (18-1-1, 12KOs) has announced that he and Eddie Hearn have parted ways. This comes after his contract expired.
Hunter, who was last in the ring against Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24KOs) in December of 2019, where the two men battled to a draw, told Sky Sports Boxing the following:
“I’m working on a fight in September, but I’ve parted ways with DAZN and Matchroom. I’m putting that out there, I’m basically a free agent now and I’m looking for opportunities. I’m not sure where that’s going to lead me.
I love Matchroom, I don’t have a problem with Matchroom. I like the company, but I think it wasn’t feasible for them to continue to allow me to be a part of their company, but not fully embracing the company. They had to make a decision or where they fully embraced me or let me go.
Absolutely, anybody that thinks they can beat me and they’re in the top ten, is definitely on my list. Right now, whether they’re above or below me. There’s no way Michael Hunter will get a title shot, unless he’s a mandatory, I know that for sure.”
Hunter, one of the more talented heavyweights in boxing today, may find himself between a rock and a hard place. While a title shot seemed a ways a way, Hearn has a deep stable of heavyweights that would make for entertaining match-ups with The Bounty Hunter. Now, as a free agent, he’ll have to hope something of substance materializes. There’s always Premier Boxing Champions, who has guys like Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz, Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki.
3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher