Eddie Hearn: We don’t pull shows

Eddie Hearn

Matchroom boss details company losses after Dillian Whyte’s Otto Wallin withdrawal

Eddie Hearn has revealed his company has suffered a six-figure financial loss after Dillian Whyte was forced to pull out of his next fight.

The British heavyweight was set to meet Otto Wallin in a defence of his WBC interim heavyweight championship on Saturday, exclusively live on DAZN, on Saturday night.

But Whyte, who is now, it seems, in pole position to fight Tyson Fury for the full WBC crown, withdrew a week out from the fight due to a shoulder injury.

“Number one is I don’t pull shows,” Hearn told Boxing News TV before revealing that Chantelle Cameron’s ‘Road To Undisputed’ semi-final against Mary McGee, for the vacant Ring Magazine belt as well as the WBC and IBF crowns in the super-lightweight division, would now headline the card.

“We’re a few hundred grand deep in the losses for this show by going ahead actually.

“But it’s the game you’re in. It’s still a good show, it’s probably an average show by my standards but we’ve lost the main event, what do you expect?”

Boxing News TV understands that, as a result of losing the main event from the card at the O2 Arena, Hearn will now look to add another show to the ever-growing Matchroom schedule, with details of that show to follow shortly.

“You have to be prepared to put up with all the stick, all of the criticism,” he added. “If you don’t like me and you don’t like Matchroom, this is an easy way to type something into social media.

“Every time you post, you might post a head-to-head now [and someone replies] ‘oh, rubbish show, you’re a joker.’ But that comes with the territory, if you made every decision based on that, you wouldn’t do a lot.

“The biggest reason for doing it, also you want content for your broadcaster, the biggest reason, in my opinion, is the opportunity for these nine fighters.”

Without the decision to keep the show on this weekend, not only would Jamie Moore-trained Chantelle Cameron be forced to wait a little longer in her bid to collect every belt in the 140-pound weight class, but Jordan Thompson wouldn’t be returning after a lengthy hiatus, Johnny Fisher’s momentum would be stunted and a further seven fighters would have to wait for the phone to ring again.

But Hearn isn’t in that business and believes that keeping the fighters active –– and more importantly happy –– is the way to a successful business.

“If you go through a training camp and you don’t fight, you don’t get paid and I wasn’t prepared to take that opportunity away from them.

“Because we have a reputation for not pulling shows and that stands strong with other fighters as well because, when a fighter looks for a promoter, they need someone who won’t let them down.

“They need someone when the going gets tough, and it’s easy to pull the plug and save money, who cracks on regardless.”

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