Hearn On AJ-Wilder Not Happening, Rules Out Canelo-Jermall Charlo

November 15, 2023
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In some recent boxing news, Eddie Hearn has opened up about the recent breakdown in talks over the Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight happening in Saudi Arabia.

The fight stalled even in light of Hearn’s comments that terms had been agreed verbally between the fighters. However, Skills Management were not able to make the fight happen as the General Entertianment Authority has become the leading voice in boxing within Saudi Arabia.

As a result, Frank Warren aligned with them in order to deliver Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou on October 28th, 2023.  That has naturally frustrated Hearn, who has now spoken out.

Hearn On AJ-Wilder

“We’re spinning blades, as we always do. You know what we want to do, we want to fight Deontay Wilder. That was supposed to happen in January, we accepted the offer. We know it’s not materialized now…because it was made by someone that couldn’t deliver the fight at that time. It’s alright. That happens. We’d agreed, Wilder had agreed, now we’re talking to other sites about that fight in February or March and that’s still the plan, very much the plan,” Hearn said 

There is a danger that Hearn and Matchroom Boxing may have missed their chance to host one of the biggest fights out there. AJ and Wilder had been linked with fighting for undisputed all the way back in 2018-19.

However, terms could not be agreed as both fighters lost their belts. And with no belts to offer this time, the enthusiasm to see it happen has understandably declined.

Hearn On Canelo-Jermall Charlo

At the same time, Hearn does not envisage a fight between Canelo and Jermall Charlo after his win over Jermell Charlo. Alvarez dominated the American to win by unanimous decision as the difference in weight was telling.

Charlo jumped up two weight classes in an attempt to become undisputed at 168. Despite lasting the distance, it was clear that the American was not able to hurt Canelo.

Instead, Charlo chose to box and move on the outside to avoid getting hit too much. The narrative prior to the fight was that Jermall would have faced Canelo first.

This was on the basis that the other Charlo, Jermall, was at 160 pounds. And given that he is the WBC champion there, it would have only required him to move up one weight class. But for Hearn, any hopes of the other Charlo facing Canelo have now gone.

“I thought it was a really disappointing fight, but pleased obviously because Saul did it, but I think Saul probably wanted it a bit more than Charlo. He just went into a shell and tried to survive, and it was just weird. Very poor. I think because of his [Canelo] deal with PBC, I think they were thinking, Charlo, the brother [Jermall] in the next fight,” said Hearn. “I think that’s dead now. I think they were thinking the first fight [Canelo-Jermell] was going to be a good fight and competitive and maybe a little bit controversial, and the brother steps in, and it’s a great story. But who wants to see Canelo against Charlo, the brother now? No one,” Hearn

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