By Dean Henwood
Hayemaker made friends with Hearn verbal assault but was the rant justified?
After nearly four and half years since his last big fight, the Haymaker David Haye looked to have that hunger and desire back and it was great to see. But after Tony “Bomber” Bellew finished having his say, what was to come from Haye came as a bit of a shock to say the least. Instead of firing straight back at Bellew he decided to quickly interrupt Eddie Hearn’s introduction of him and go straight on the attack at none other than the Matchroom promoter himself.
Claiming that whilst he has been away from big fights he has sat back and noticed that it’s become the Eddie Hearn show and this will give him the chance to shut his mouth. Does he have a point? Or is this a bit of jealousy kicking in? Over the last three or four years British boxing has risen and a big part of that is down to Sky and the Matchroom stable. But as Haye pointed out, Eddie Hearn does seem to love the limelight. If it’s on a YouTube video, Twitter, walking his fighters to the ring, sharing their interviews or even announcing and asking questions at the press conferences – even when head of Sky Sports boxing Adam Smith is sat right next to him!
Haye claims that Eddie is not letting his boxers become the stars that they deserve to be as he is always there poking his head in front of the camera. What we can say is that Hearn is a top promoter and has helped provide a platform for his fighters, delivering title shots for many of his stable, but other than Anthony Joshua, there are not many of his fighters who have become world stars. If you take Kell Brook for example, a super-talented boxer who came through the hard way and finally got his shot and won the IBF Welterweight title beating Shaun Porter in the US. Now you would of thought this would have made Brook into a big star and open all sorts of doors especially in the States. But since winning that title Brook has gone on to fight low level opponents such as Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier. Yes GGG was a huge fight but it was also a huge mismatch.
In a weight division that has big names such as Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Amir Khan and even Manny Pacquiao coming back into the mix, Brook has not fought any of these names, yet Porter has fought Thurman and had a big fight with Adrien Broner. Thurman is now fighting Garcia while Vargas just had a big fight with the Pacman.
So yes, Hearn is delivering, but is he delivering big and is he allowing his fighters to become mega stars?
Two fighters who are big names globally are David Haye himself and Amir Khan, who is huge in America, and they are not with Matchroom.
So is the Haymaker right? I’ll leave it with you.
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