The first punch in Abu Dhabi has been thrown not by Dmitry Bivol, or Gilberto Ramirez, but by one Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.
The promoter is in the United Arab Emirates to kick off his company’s partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism that will see many boxing events grace the capital. First up is Bivol – Ramirez, and fight week is well and truly underway.
At one of many media events, Hearn took an opportunity to show how hard he can hit – perhaps as a cloaked warning to Simon Jordan, whom he recently challenged to a charity match up.
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So, how does the promoter stack up against some of the heavyweights? His charge, Anthony Joshua, recently score 965 with a solid left hand in the office of DAZN – besting Hearn’s effort by just 41 points. But the crown, much like the current heavyweight championship of the world, lies with ‘The Gypsy King.’ Fury produced a staggering 993 recently, almost reaching the machine’s limit and perhaps causing some sort of Y2K computer meltdown.
So just shy of the two potentially best British heavyweights currently competing? The Matchroom boss should be pleased with that. Now all we need is Frank Warren to have a shot for things to really get interesting.
Now, the comments on this story will rightfully say ‘but it’s a different machine’ – and to that we say, it’s only a bit of fun isn’t it? Nobody’s saying Hearn could actually knock either man out. Although with a score like that…