It has been no secret that during Eddie Hearn’s bid to conquer America he has managed to upset some of the country’s leading boxing figures.
The likes of Leonard Ellerbe, Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya have all been vocal about what they think of the Matchroom Boxing boss in his time promoting shows Stateside.
Earlier this month De La Hoya blamed Hearn for Canelo Alvarez’ defeat to Dmitry Bivol a month earlier.
Another individual Hearn has crossed swords with regularly has been Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza.
FightHype asked the latter about his thoughts on Hearn’s comments that his September 17 promotion of Canelo-Golovkin 3 is ten times bigger than a potential Errol Spence Jr-Terence Crawford fight, which would land on Showtime.
“I think it’s funny because at this point everyone knows his M.O. Whatever he does is bigger and better than everything else anybody else does. He’s always got opinions on everyone else’s work, rarely has self-critical opinions. When someone has that kind of approach you just gotta laugh.”
“That’s what you feel like you gotta say to make your event bigger or to make yourself feel more important that’s fine. Boxing fans will speak for it themselves.”
The 52-year-old then gave his views on why Hearn gets under the skin of American promoters.
“I just think it’s the blatant dishonesty.”
“That’s what rubs me the wrong way. That’s where the friction has been in our relationship. Has nothing to do with losing Joshua or anything like that.”
“I prefer to do business with people who are honest and forthright and have integrity.”