Eddie Hearn has claimed that men’s boxing is ‘in danger’ due to the rise of women’s boxing.
In recent years the British promoter has pioneered a fresh era of women’s boxing in the UK and Ireland, starting with his signing of Katie Taylor in 2016.
Hearn promotes Anthony Joshua
He has now developed a solid stable of female fighters including the likes of Taylor, Cecilia Braekhus, Terri Harper, Chantelle Cameron, Savannah Marshall and Shannon Courtenay.
Hearn told iFL TV: “Men’s boxing is actually in danger by women’s boxing.
“People will listen to that statement and say, ‘B****cks’
“I’m telling you now, if these women fighters continue to be fearless in terms of taking the biggest challenges, fighting other champions, unifying immediately, searching for the undisputed, you are gonna get parity so much quicker than you ever expected.”
Taylor holds all four major lightweight world titles
“I can’t tell you how refreshing it is.
“When I picked up the phone to Cecilia Braekhus and said, ‘Would you fight Jessica McCaskill?’ She said, ‘Yes.’
“[I asked] Jessica, ‘Would you go up to welterweight and fight for the undisputed title?’ She said, ‘Yes.’
Hearn has guided Taylor’s pro career
“Katie Taylor, I said: ‘You’re supposed to be fighting Amanda Serrano seven weeks out, she don’t wanna know, would you switch it up to Delfine Persoon?’ She said, ‘Yes.’
“This is what makes the sport great. It’s just making me fall in love with women’s boxing…
“I’m telling you now, if things keep going the way they do, don’t start being surprised by women regularly headlining fight nights, women in big PPV fights.
“Because it’s extremely entertaining and you’re seeing it time and time again.”