Eddie Hearn talks Teofimio Lopez, Wilder vs Joshua, More

06/22/2023 - No comments

The fight between Joshua and Wilder is a topic of discussion that has been creating quite a buzz. But will it really take place?

“I’m very confident that fight will happen,” Hearn told Fight Hype, shedding some light on the speculations. “We’ve done fights with Saudi before. They’ve always delivered. They’ve told me… given us their word that fight’s happening. And I believe them,” he explains.

So, if Hearn’s words are anything to go by, we might be in for a thrilling showdown by the end of the year.

From Wilder and AJ, the conversation took a turn towards Teofimo Lopez, twho has been causing waves in the boxing world, despite his so-called ‘retirement’.

“He looked spectacular,” Hearn describes, alluding to Lopez’s performance against Josh Taylor.

Would he favor him over Devin Haney or Tank Davis though? “You never know with Teo,” Hearn muses. “At his best, if he performs like that… But Teo seems to raise his game in the big fights.”

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So, who would Hearn favor in a matchup between Lopez and Haney? “Probably Devin,” he answers. What about Lopez versus Tank? “Great fight,” he adds, leaving us with more questions than answers.

Teofimo Lopez

Beyond the boxing ring, Lopez continues to be an enigma. Despite his impressive track record and undeniable talent, he hasn’t yet become the big star many believe he should be.

“He’s from Brooklyn, he’s an unbelievable talent, he’s outspoken, he’s a character, he’s a personality,” Hearn says, somewhat perplexed at why Lopez isn’t a bigger name. He beat Richard Commey in New York, and then he beat Lomachenko. And yet…

“When we did him against Kambosos, we just about sold out at the Hulu theater. But when they did Lopez against Josh Taylor… they didn’t even get close to selling out.”

Hearn finds it inexplicable why a boxer like Lopez isn’t a “mega-star”. But in the end, he shrugs it off, reminding himself and us, “It’s not really my business.”

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