Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren are engaged in a public back-and-forth after Warren made a stunning proposal to Hearn on Tuesday night.
The veteran promoter put out a press release calling for him and his rival to put their differences aside and start working together to make the best fights for the fans.
Financial terms for Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua are already agreed, but Warren and Hearn did not work together on that deal
Queensberry vs Matchroom…
BT vs Sky…
Who wants it?!? pic.twitter.com/VMk7DoJlnn
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) August 4, 2020
Warren said: “What I am proposing is to break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see.
“Let’s make the natural matches that have previously been deemed too complicated due to promotional and broadcast affiliations. Queensberry’s finest versus the best of Matchroom. Why not?
“Forget about promoter pride and egos, it is not about us. This is the time to turbo-charge boxing right back into the mainstream and capture the imagination of the watching public.
“I say we should smash down the barriers for the benefit of the sport and, most importantly, the people who support it.
Hearn represents both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte
“From our side, our broadcast partner BT Sport fully buys into the concept and is ready and willing to help make it happen.
“If Sky Sports are of the same mindset, so much the better, and an equitable distribution of the fights can be worked out. No problem.
“Our door is wide open to begin negotiations for one-off spectacles, a sequence of events, a Test series of top ‘us versus them’ humdingers. The possibilities are endless and everything is on the table.
“Forget the past. Don’t focus on the difficulties and let’s get on and make the fights people want to see.
“You could say I am throwing down the gauntlet and I would hope this honest proposal is taken at face value and not blithely dismissed.”
Warren proposed Daniel Dubois vs Dillian Whyte and Anthony Yarde vs Joshua Buatsi
Hearn responded on Wednesday: “It was an interesting move. I guess they’ve been working on that poster during lockdown.
“You’d think that if you were serious about something like that you’d just call me or send an email rather than put a press release out.
“But listen, there’s no reason why we can’t discuss it.
“It’s important for people to know that last week alone, the BBBofC received three or more emails of complaint from Queensberry about our Fight Camp card, trying to grass on things that didn’t even exist.
“Apart from that, all I ever get from them is legal letters and fake twitter accounts. So let’s see where it goes, but I understand it’s tough times so if I can help them out in any way, I will consider it for sure.”
The promoters have never shared a conversation
Warren then hit back with the below statement, which is the latest in the exchange between the pair.
Frank Warren’s latest statement in response to Eddie Hearn