Frank Warren throws major shot at Eddie Hearn and DAZN!
Eddie Hearn took a shot at rival promoter Frank Warren, citing the lack of quality match-ups on the Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz under-card that took place June 15. Jesse Hart and Sullivan Barrera also fought on the card in the co-main event.
Hearn stated that Fury’s fight with Schwarz, as well as the under-card, lacked the quality of the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz under-card. The Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon undisputed lightweight championship match featured on that card. The card also had WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith and rising welterweight prospect Josh Kelly.
Frank Warren Fires Back!
“[Hearn] claimed that Tyson Fury’s box office entry into Las Vegas last weekend suffered by comparison with Anthony Joshua’s US debut in New York. Besides the fact Tyson’s debut on ESPN generated a far bigger audience than AJ’s did on DAZN, I heard they hardly got any new subscribers.
“But, more importantly, Tyson cemented his number one status and profile in the US by winning his fight in style, while brand Joshua was exposed in front of the Yanks.”
“It is true we could easily have chosen to follow suit and loaded up Tyson’s card with UK fighters in an attempt to justify the box office outlay or we could have opted to wrap our world title show in Leeds featuring Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad into the pay-per-view package.
“I understand why they chose to prop up the Anthony Joshua – Andy Ruiz fight with a clutch of fighters from home. It saves investing in your own UK shows by funding the exercise with Joshua PPV revenue and keep fighters active at someone else’s expense.”
Warren Talks Tyson Fury and DAZN
“Tyson’s US debut on ESPN was a resounding success in and out of the ring. It was always designed to provide him with maximum exposure to the huge US audience and he more than capitalized on what was pretty much a unique showcase for a British fighter in the US.
“The result of the promotion is that Tyson is probably now the most familiar heavyweight to the US public and his profile is only going to get bigger. Tyson is reaching superstar status and is the number one heavyweight in the world.
“It is my job to help him make the most of the opportunities that are now in front of him.
“Matchroom and their mouthpiece-in-chief should concern themselves less about what we deliver to the fans on our Saturday night boxing and place more focus on banging the drum – and drum up a crowd – for their forthcoming hot tickets on DAZN.
“I bet the American audience can’t wait for his next big event when New Zealand’s Joe Parker faces off against Aussie Leapei, that is sure to be a huge subscription driver for DAZN!”
If ever we get to see Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury, the lead up will be tremendous!
By: Jerrell Fletcher