Having attended the Matchroom end of season BBQ today, I managed to catch up with Eddie Hearn post-press conference to get an update on a variety of his fighters and possible future match-ups.
Thanks for your time Eddie, if we can discuss Ricky Burns initially; naturally a very disappointing result a few weeks ago and he’s taken some time out to spend with his family.
For you personally you mentioned the possibility of him fighting outside of Glasgow to release some pressure, Tommy Coyle spoke earlier about the match-ups in the Lightweight division that can be made in house, what is next for Ricky?
I think firstly what we need to do with Ricky Burns is find out what the problem is because he’s training in particular the last fight better than ever, he sparred better than ever, he got in the ring and looked terrible.
I think it is two-fold; one is the weight and the other is the confidence, expectation and pressure.
He sparred at 10st 3/4oz looking great; strong and powerful then he fights at 9st 9oz and he looks like a shell.
So when he gets back we’ve got this nutritional guy we work with Advanced Nutrition who is doing all this analysis on his body to see if he can make 9st 9oz and I’m not sure he can.
So perhaps we look at 10st (140lbs)
Maybe we box him at 9st 11/12oz September 13th in a 10 rounder, in a relatively easy fight which will be a confidence booster. He needs that and needs to look good.
I like the fight with Tommy Coyle, he can move to Light Welterweight. I like the fight with Scott Harrison. There’s loads of fights out there for him at 140, it’s just frustrating that I don’t know what the answer is at the moment, I want to find it and I don’t want to give up on him because he looked great in that camp.
From seeing Ricky in the gym and speaking to the guys down there, they all were impressed with how good he looked and gelled so quickly with the others.
I think people were a tad harsh to suggest he should finish working with Tony Sims, it’s a relationship I’d like to see them both persevere with.
I think so. It’s difficult as they were so confident it was going to a great performance, everyone was so buoyant and then were asking; “What happened there?”
The answer was he got caught cold, he didn’t listen and it took him 3 or 4 rounds to recover.
I thought he won the back-end of the fight, if there was a few more rounds he would have nicked it.
If we discuss the Super-Middleweight division. Excluding Froch and DeGale you’ve got Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding potentially heading towards one another.
Would you look to avoid what happened with Groves and DeGale by slinging them in together so early?
Someone asked me on Twitter the other day;
“Why don’t you just make Callum Smith v Rocky?”
It’s got to be the right time.
Callum Smith without putting too much pressure on him looks like a phenomenon in the division, he is massive for a Super Middleweight. He’s level headed, he’s got a nice fight against Vladine Biosse and Rocky has a tough fight on Saturday against Noe Gonzalez.
Fielding against either Smith (Callum or Paul) is a big fight for Liverpool it would be good to try and make it.
Is the WBC route the way you are looking to go?
I think so, they were the one’s who took a shine to him initially and made a beeline for him. He’s already number 15 in the rankings we are already looking at the WBC Silver belt potentially for September.
We keep stepping him up and he keeps doing the same thing, if he keeps going, keeps going, keeps going he’s going to find himself there in 12mths.
I hope he is in a difficult fight where he gets cut, he’s under it; but maybe he is just that good, I don’t know. I appreciate he isn’t world level yet but everything that is being asked of him he is delivering very quickly.
Moving on to Wadi Camacho, I thought he started well against Simmons but it was another disappointing result in the end.
He boxed ok, I thought they were both disappointing because the talked the talk of doing this & that with neither of them doing a lot of it.
A lot of it was nerves and pressure, they both semi-froze, I had Wadi a round up. If Simmons would have done what he did in the 10th earlier in the fight he would have had more success.
But Wadi couldn’t hold on, perhaps British title is his level and we can grab a belt. He’s had a decent pay-day and having a rest now we can see what he wants to do with his career.
Scott Quigg when are we expected to see him out and who will the opponent be?
He will be out on September 13th at the Phones4U Arena alongside Crolla and obviously we want Santa Cruz.
I don’t think Santa Cruz fancies Quigg and I don’t think he fancied the Frampton fight either really. They definitely tried to make that. We will go there (to America) 100%, so we are just trying to find a big-name opponent and waiting for the Frampton fight as it’s the one everyone wants to see.
Fingers crossed Frampton beats Martinez again which I think he will.
So you could be in a situation where Brook beats Porter then faces Amir Khan and would you look at two separate PPV fights towards the end of the year with Quigg v Frampton as well?
I don’t feel like Frampton v Quigg is yet, the rematch might be. I would look to do a two-fight deal because they both would be world champions and it makes sense if the first fight is a great fight which I think it is.
Brook v Khan is a PPV fight, it’s a huge fight, it’s a stadium fight and does huge numbers. So there is a lot of fights on the cusp which you would have seen today so it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Finally Eddie if we discuss Anthony Crolla is the target Abril?
Yeah he is the target, it’s really frustrating as we were really close a few months ago and he’s got some legal issues at the moment that is really difficult.
Lots of different people popping up;
“Oh I’m here” etc so we are starting to run out of time. We need to make sure Anthony is in a big fight we are looking at a number of other options currently.