With the news that promoter Frank Warren has signed former Olympic Super-heavyweight silver medallist Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce to his Queensbury Boxing promotions stable, it made me wonder which promoter has the best stable of heavyweights going forward.
The obvious answer is Eddie Hearn due to him having Anthony Joshua signed to his Matchroom Boxing promotional stable, and although not signed on a long-term agreement, Hearn also works with WBC No1 Dillian Whyte.
But who else does Hearn have behind those two bill topers? David Price and Dave Allen? Both are having good spells in their respective careers at the moment, even though without being harsh, Price is always 5 rounds away from defeat. The 5th round is the point at which the giant Liverpudlian is exhausted and extremely vulnerable.
Price and Allen are expected to clash on the undercard of Whytes July 20th outing against unbeaten Columbian Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena in London. Allen I expect will be a big favorite if the match does get made, his 3rd round stoppage of the former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne in contrast to Price’s recent wins, show the different levels they are performing on.
When, or I should say if that fight goes ahead, it will eliminate one of Matchroom’s 2nd tier heavyweights. We have to assume that Jarrell Miller will not be fighting anytime soon and that just leaves Filip Hrgovic (7-0 5 Ko’s), the 6’ 6” Croaitian who makes his American debut against Gregory Corbin on the 25th May undercard of Usyk vs Takam.
Hrgovic’s last 2 wins were over seasoned veteran’s Amir Monsour and Kevin Johnson, very decent opposition for such early outings in the 26-year-old’s career.
Hrgovic’s promoters Sauerland Events, have signed a co-promotional agreement with Matchroom Boxing so that the Croatian will get exposure on DAZN in America and on Sky Sports in Europe.
Let’s hope that Sauerland continue to pick the opposition after this bout because in Corbyin Hrgovic faces a 38 year old who holds a respectable (15-1 9 Ko’s) record. It is only when you delve deeper that you find that Corbin, in his first 10 bouts faced opponents with a combined 55 wins, 136 losses and 11 draws, and in his 9th outing, boxed at “The Gas Monkey Bar ‘N’ Grill” in Dallas, Texas.
That said Hrgovic has potential and could be brought along quickly if matched well.
Frank Warren promoted Frank Bruno to his WBC heavyweight title win over Oliver McCall in 1995. The great Mickey Duff had 3 tries at it and failed each time. Warren understands boxing and heavyweight boxing is no different. Getting your fighter the right chance at the right time is paramount, he may not win but you, the promoter got him that chance at the right moment.
Tyson Fury’s bout with current WBC champion Deontay Wilder was a bad move on Warren’s part when it was announced. After all, Fury was coming back from battles with drink, drugs and mental health issues that caused a 2-year hiatus from boxing. We all thought it was madness.
Two wins over poor opponents was no preparation for the 40-0 39 Ko’s champion. Warren knew better.
In summation, Hearn has the money cow in Joshua, but Warren has perhaps the “last man standing” in Fury. I believe that Fury will be too awkward, too clever and have too much stamina for Joshua. I also believe Fury will do a much better job on Wilder in the rematch and avoid any knockdowns. I think Warren knows it too.
Dillion Whyte cannot be faulted for his recent performances and for picking Riva’s as his July opponent, but Dubois and Joyce are not very far behind the Brixton man in terms of the speed of their accent to the top.
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