By Daven: As a British boxing fan, I accept that certain fights have to be on PPV. And that is fine, however, I’m not prepared like most of you to fork out on 5-6 events annually. Money isn’t the principal issue, rather it’s the principle.
If British promoter Eddie Hearn has his way we could see fights like this in 2015: James DeGale – George Groves, Carl Froch – DeGale, Tyson Fury – Anthony Joshua, Joshua – David Price, Scott Quigg – Carl Frampton and Kell Brook – Amir Khan will all happen next year and they’ll all be pay-per-view “blockbusters.”
I think Hearn refuses to challenge the best abroad with his match-making. Gennady Golovkin, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Juan Manuel Marquez are fighters that could easily be brought over to face Froch, Quigg and Brook respectively. But Hearn bemoans lack of money, which is cheap especially in regards to GGG and Marquez. Both have whole nations behind them.
Tony Bellew – Nathan Cleverly 2, when first made sounded decent but I was shocked to discover it was on box office. However, the build-up was brilliant and I succumbed to the “excitement” subsequently purchasing the show. Sadly, the main event flopped and the undercard fights lacked competitiveness completely. DeGale and Groves were never in any danger whatsoever but because they’re relatively popular, Hearn felt he could just shove it on PPV. Hopefully he’s realized now only specific fights are PPV worthy next year.
Brook-Khan if it can be made is worth paying out for owing to the fact a world title is at stake in the best division in boxing. The winner will not only be IBF champion but could also face a Marquez or a Manny Pacquiao. Khan-Brook be a compelling event. Other than Khan-Brook, I’m struggling to see any other PPV domestic fights. David Haye – Joshua would be ideal but I doubt Haye will ever face a guy with power, speed and a chin. He tends to just go for the big pay-days against soft opposition, Wladimir Klitschko being the only exception. Quigg may have to wait before becoming a PPV star as he will be out for at least six months and Joe Gallagher doesn’t seem keen to throw the Bury native in with the Jackal upon returning. Scott will likely need to keep-busy fight first, by which time Frampton may have moved up to 126 lbs.
Recently Hearn has been talking up Joshua, comparing him to Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt. I’m sorry but the man is silly to say such rubbish. Bolt is a two Olympic champion in the 100M, 200M and relay. Meanwhile, Jordan is a 6 time NBA champion who remains revered by fans regardless of franchise allegiance. What has Joshua done to be mentioned in the same breath as them? Clearly it’s only a matter of time before Joshua becomes a regular PPV king. Froch has been reliable for Hearn in his last three fights but one feels that Eddie is licking his lips at his new cash-cow. Heavyweights sell, heavyweight gold medalists sell tenfold!
Expect Hearn to milk the DeGale-Groves rivalry for all its worth as he’s already implied his excitement for the third encounter. That’s right, he’s probably banking on a DeGale victory in March/April over Groves before doing the third. These two fighters are talented for sure but neither have significant fan support or personality. Moreover neither fights in an exciting manner so one is really at a loss seeing these 2 selling well. And of course, Eddie will keep calling out Khan because without him Kell is irrelevant in America and Britain. Nobody is invested in Brook besides Sheffield so fighting a polarizing figure such as Khan will at least bring Brook into the limelight for the first time in his career.