Hearn hoping to sign Golovkin for DAZN
By Allan Fox: Matchroom Boxing USA/DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn is in talks with Tom Loeffler to try and sign former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to his promotional stable now that his contract with HBO has expired.
Hearn states that he’s not the only one that is trying to sign Golovkin, as there are likely a number of networks that are interested in inking the recently beaten 36-year-old. However, Hearn is counting on his deep pockets that he has helping him get Golovkin to sign with him.
If Hearn is able to add Golovkin to his DAZN streaming service, it would be by far the biggest signing. Hearn recently signed IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to his stable, but he’s not popular in the United States.
Usyk is well known worldwide, but not so much by the casual boxing fans in the States. But if Hearn is able to sign Golovkin, it would give him his first true popular fighter to add to his Mathroom Boxing USA/DAZN stable.
“I think DAZN at this point in Gennady Golovkin’s career would absolutely be perfect for him,” Hearn said to On The Ropes. “I spoke to Tom Loeffler. We’re talking, but I expect them to talk to everybody. So let’s see how deep their pockets are.”
Hearn has some tough competition in his pursuit of GGG. ESPN and Showtime are likely going to make a big effort to sign Golovkin. HBO will likely try and resign Golovkin. Whether HBO’s interest in GGG is still strong enough to resign him is unclear. Golovkin has come up empty in his last two fights against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Although both fights were seen as robberies in Las Vegas by the fans, Golovkin still failed to shine.
In other boxing news, Hearn says he’s hoping to put together a fight between his two Matchroom fighters Kell Brook and Amir Khan if Manny Pacquiao faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. next. Khan wants to fight Pacquiao next, but he won’t be able to do that if the Filipino star faces Mayweather in a rematch. Khan isn’t going to sit around and wait for the smoke to clear from the Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 fight hoping to fight the former eight division world champion Manny afterwards. The chances are high that Pacquiao will lose to Mayweather once again, and once that happens, the interest in a Khan-Pacquiao fight will disappear.
“We’re sort of hearing that fight [Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao] isn’t happening, but if it does, it makes the Kell Brook fight a lot closer,” Hearn said. “So we’ll see what happens in the next few days. He wants to fight Pacquiao,” Hearn said about Khan. “I think it’s deja vu. If this fight is even going to happen, then let’s make the Kell Brook fight rather than wait. There are so many big fights in boxing. You can’t afford to wait. You’ve got to strike,’ Hearn said.
Hearn seems to want Khan to fight Brook rather than Pacquiao. There’s a lot of money to be made in the UK for the Khan vs. Brook fight.