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Frank Warren hits back at Eddie Hearn ‘re-writing boxing history at every convenient opportunity’

WBN 14/08/2018
Frank Warren

📸 Stacey Verbeek

In his latest column, Frank Warren gave a direct response to Eddie Hearn’s own broadsheet offering earlier this month in which the long-time promoter accused the Matchroom boss of selectively forgetting some of his biggest fight nights of the past decade. 

Hearn aired his opinions on how boxing has developed since the dark days of David Haye v Audley Harrison’s Pay-Per-View debacle, which Warren was quick to point out directly involved his rival.

Elaborating with his view, Warren reeled off several high-profile events which took place around the time when Hearn came to prominence with his father’s company, whilst not taking too kindly to some of the content in The Telegraph article.

Warren said: “There were some typically selective recollections from my Matchroom counterpart Eddie Hearn in the Telegraph on Saturday (Aug 4th) where he regaled us with yet another version of how he saved the sport from oblivion in this country.

“Boxing was dead ten years ago, he informed because it was taking place in leisure centres with banks of empty seats and basketball hoops on the wall. Then along came Eddie with Sweet Caroline and the people are singing and cheering.

“That is the gist of it anyway.

“Well, looking back, our promotions ten years ago were far from exclusive to leisure centres. Even though the Hatton-Calzaghe era had drawn to a conclusion, we were putting on shows at venues such as the ExCel Arena in Docklands, the then named MEN Arena in Manchester, the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, the Bolton Arena, the Indoor Arena in Cardiff and the 02 Arena.

“I don’t remember too many basketball hoops as we successfully promoted Amir Khan towards a world title at the time, or packing out the 02 for the blockbuster between David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli. At the same time, we were launching the professional careers of the likes of Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly, the Smith brothers, Kevin Mitchell, Dereck Chisora, James DeGale, Liam Walsh and many others, while also steering Ricky Burns towards becoming a world champion.

“The fallow period coincided with Hearn’s own foray into the pay-per-view market with the box office mismatch between Haye and Audley Harrison. This resulted in Sky withdrawing from the concept that Hearn now so depends upon in the UK while attempting to bring about its demise in the US.

“It was the reason I stepped away from Sky and set about launching BoxNation, where we quickly got down to business putting on fights such as Bellew-Cleverly, DeGale-Groves and Haye-Chisora. Plenty of hoopla around those fights, but no hoops.

“The rest, as they say, is history, which I am sure will continue to be rewritten at every convenient opportunity,” he added.

Read Frank Warren’s full column here