Hearn: £200k is on the table for McDonnell v Butler, let’s make the fight!

Phil Jay 11/06/2014

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has retorted to Frank Warren’s claims that he laid down a substantial amount of money for a unification between new bantamweight world champions Paul Butler and Jamie McDonnell.

Instead, Hearn stated in his column for the Daily Mail that has now made a substantial written offer to stage the contest, and insists that the fight is one that can be negotiated between all concerned.

“Frank Warren, Butler’s promoter, says he has made an offer, but neither Jamie nor I have received an offer,” outlined Hearn.

“That said, it is a fight we would love to make. We have sent a written offer to Butler’s team for a huge purse of £200,000. If Frank wants to beat that offer, then we will certainly consider it. We don’t want to play games, let’s make this fight.”

Warren and Hearn haven’t been able to give the fans a lot of the fights that they have craved in the past, with the two only working in tandem recently when the British Board put Billy Joe Saunders v John Ryder out to purse bids.

It’s been a while since the two have actively sought out a fight and agreed to let the other take the reigns and stage it, so I fear this may also be a hard one for the promoters to let the other have on their show.

Butler v McDonnell would be a massive UK fight as both Brits are holding world titles, something that hasn’t taken place since Enzo Maccarinelli and David Haye put their world cruiserweight titles on the line in 2008, but has ample opportunity to happen again this time.

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Editor’s note: Dennis Hobson has since stated that as he is the recognised manager of Jamie McDonnell with the British Board, any offer to stage the fight must go through him and he has only been contacted by Frank Warren. See here for article.