Eddie Hearn: In The Eye of Boxing Controversies

08/17/2023 - No comments

Eddie Hearn speaks to Boxing News’ Andi Purewal as he reacts to the reports of Alycia Baumgardner’s positive test and gives an update on Joshua-Wilder talks.

Alycia Baumgardner’s Positive Test

“Have you heard about Alycia Baumgardner?” – A question that has recently been on many lips. Reports emerged that Baumgardner may have tested positive for PEDs. The evidence? An alleged tweet from Dan Rafael, suggesting that Baumgardner tested positive for Mr. Lloyd in a urine test. When pressed about this, Hearn maintained a stance of waiting:

We’re issuing a statement imminently. I can’t say anything until that statement is released because of confidentiality reasons.

Now, what happens next? Will her recent fight against Christina Linardatou be declared a no contest?

“That’s a commission decision,” says Hearn, emphasizing the tight timeline between the test and the revelation. A statement is expected soon, but he holds back on divulging much, saying, “Talk to me tomorrow.

On Matchroom’s Stance: Transparency and Vigilance

One thing becomes clear: Matchroom is investing more in testing. The reason?

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We’re investing more money than ever in additional testing,” Hearn states. An obvious outcome? More adverse findings. But isn’t more testing a good thing? Shouldn’t every fighter have the chance to clear their name? Perhaps, as the saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Still, why do some Matchroom fighters seem to be failing these tests? Is it sheer numbers or something more?

Hearn is quick to point out that their rigorous testing stands out. Most British promoters, he mentions, don’t invest as much in comprehensive testing. He candidly adds:

Unfortunately, because of our testing procedures… what we’ve had now, three in the last two years, doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is a lot.

The conversation pivots to other fighters. Connor Ben’s situation with the BBBofC remains uncertain. An appeal from the British Boxing Board of Control is looming. The cloud around Dillian Whyte persists. Hearn notes the legal complications in discussing Whyte’s case and redirects queries to Whyte’s representatives.

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It’s unfortunate,” he remarks. But when is boxing free of controversies?

Anthony Joshua: Evolution or Regression?

Anthony Joshua’s recent victory over Robert Helenius had some critics wagging their tongues. Was his performance impressive or underwhelming?

People get frustrated,” Hearn observes, addressing criticisms about Joshua’s less aggressive style. Yet, he adds, Joshua’s approach is smarter, not timid. His focus on defense, footwork, and tactics – it’s all part of a strategy.

He’s definitely changed his style, but it’s a winning style and it’s a style that will beat Deontay Wilder,” Hearn confidently states.

So, what’s next for Joshua? There are ongoing negotiations for a Joshua-Wilder showdown, a fight fans are eager to see. Hearn hints at Joshua’s desire to stay active but remains non-committal about the exact timeline.

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