Hyde inks Van Heerden, coy on Hearn’s Brook link

Successful manager Gary Hyde has added another champion to his stable with the news that IBO welterweight title holder Chris Van Heerden has put pen to paper on an exclusive deal with the man behind current pound for pounder Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Van Heerden, 26, has been known to be attempting to branch out from the restrictions of fighting out of South Africa for the past year, and after his impressive win over Matthew Hatton in March, Hyde has decided to take the punt.

‘The Heat’ has been on a scheduled two-week visit to the USA since last Wednesday, with meetings held with some of the top boxing people Stateside, and Van Heerden can now look forward to possible fight in the world’s fight capital towards the end of the year.

“Chris Van Heerden came to America to talks things over and I am delighted we reached an agreement,” Hyde told World Boxing News.

“Chris is one of the world’s top ten welterweights and I am looking forward to helping him progress to some bigger fights.”

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, who approved a clash between Van Heerden and Paul McCloskey earlier this year only for the deal to be scuppered by Carl Frampton’s decision to jump ship to BoxNation, has recently mentioned the South African as a possible opponent for Kell Brook in October or November, although Hyde was giving nothing away when quizzed on the subject.

“We are already considering several proposals for Chris and will make an announcement in due course,” stated Hyde.