Eddie Hearn responds to Bob Arum’s ‘you dont’ know d*** about USA’ jibe
Eddie Hearn got the opportunity to respond to Bob Arum following results insults laid at his door by the Top Rank boss.
Originally speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, Arum fired quite a statement in the direction of Hearn last month.
Arum said: “Eddie Hearn is an okay guy but he’s too full of himself to really be effective.
“DAZN has him doing events in the U.S. Everybody looking at it knows that it’s a mash. He’s spending money on these ridiculous programmes on DAZN that nobody cares about.
“He’s spending more money on these shows than Haymon is on PBC. Or even what we’re doing on ESPN. (The difference is) We both understand the U.S market, which Hearn doesn’t.
“DAZN itself would be much better advised having fights other than Canelo, which will get a lot of attention. They would be much better off, DAZN turning over their domestic programming in the US to Oscar’s Golden Boy.
“At least Oscar knows the market, particularly the Hispanic market. Eddie doesn’t have a clue.
“For example, he did a fight in Philadelphia on a Friday night. There wasn’t much attendance. One of the reasons is, they sold all of the tickets out of the UK when the fight was in Philadelphia.
“That type of activity showed that it couldn’t work when the revolutionary war was fought with George Washington fighting the Brits.
“You don’t run a promotion in the U.S from the UK and have all the tickets come out of the UK. It makes no sense.
“It wouldn’t make sense if we did a fight with Frank Warren in the UK and controlled everything from the US.
“But if you’re going to be so full of yourself and spend all your time as he does, making video shots of himself giving interviews and saying outlandish things, he’s not going to be effective.
“Barry was a terrific promoter. He always knew enough to be behind the scenes. Not to be this spokesperson for Eddie’s ego and agenda,” he concluded.
The pair went face-to-face a few week’s later on Wednesday at the press conference for Vasyl Lomachenko v Anthony Crolla.
Once again, Arum didn’t hold back in regards to Hearn’s abilities to promote in the United States.
“I remember years ago when we promoted the Manny Pacquiao fight with Ricky Hatton,” stated Arum. “We went to Manchester, they let the fighters down on the field in the (Old Trafford) stadium. It was terrific.
“They really know how to do an event (over there). One thing about Eddie, though, he doesn’t know d*** about promoting a fight in the United States.
“He’s a better promoter in the U.K.”
Taking to the microphone to answer Arum, Hearn quipped back: “Listen, I can help you sell some tickets for Friday!”