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Eddie Hearn accepts Frank Warren’s call for a head-to-head boxing extravaganza

Eddie Hearn has accepted his rival Frank Warren’s sensational proposal to pit their two stables of fighters head-to-head in a Queensberry vs Matchroom boxing showdown. 

In an open letter to Hearn that was published on Tuesday night, Warren laid down the challenge to his promotion rival and called for their two rosters to square off in a sensational night of boxing.

The prospect of Queensberry vs Matchroom would provide some mouthwatering fights, including Daniel Dubois vs Dillian Whyte and maybe, just maybe, Anthony Joshua’s long-awaited fight with Tyson Fury.  

A message from @frankwarren_tv to @EddieHearn…

Fury 🆚 Joshua
Dubois 🆚 Whyte
Joyce 🆚 Chisora
Yarde 🆚 Buatsi
Williams 🆚 Andrade
Gorman 🆚 Allen
Jenkins 🆚 Benn
Sharp 🆚 Barrett
Metcalf 🆚 Fowler
Edwards 🆚 Yafai

Let’s work together to make the big fights happen 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wn9YnRruPc

And Hearn has admitted he is open to the idea, despite being taken aback by the proposal. 

He told Sky Sports: ‘I thought it was strange, interesting, all those words.

‘It’s a bit weird. In a situation like that, normally you just phone someone or send them an email, saying “This is my idea, what do you think?”

‘Going out with a press release was an interesting tactic. A lot of the fights I really like, on those cards.

‘Some are unrealistic. Dubois against Whyte. We know Whyte is fighting Povetkin and he’s mandatory to Fury. We know Usyk is fighting Chisora.

‘We know Joyce and Dubois are fighting, but some of them are great match-ups. I love Buatsi against Yarde.

‘If there’s business to be done, I’m all for it.’

Warren believes the format could give boxing a ‘proper shot in the arm’ and ease the financial woes on the sport brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

He also claims BT Sport, who broadcast Queensberry’s fights, are already on board with the idea.

In the letter, Warren wrote: ‘The time is right to throw off the shackles and truly give our sport a proper shot in the arm.

‘What I am proposing is to break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see.

‘Let’s make the natural matches that have previously been deemed too complicated due to promotional and broadcast affiliations. Queensberry’s finest versus the best of Matchroom. 

‘Forget about promoter pride and egos, it is not about us. This is the time to turbo-charge boxing right back into the mainstream and capture the imagination of the watching public. 

‘From our side, our broadcast partner BT Sport fully buys into the concept and is ready and willing to help make it happen. If Sky Sports are of the same mindset, so much the better, and an equitable distribution of the fights can be worked out. No problem. 

‘There really isn’t any reason to put up any roadblocks to having the boxing pot overflowing with meaningful matches that would get the attention they deserve.

‘Let’s stop any tactical maneuvering and deliver the fans the fights they want to see. For the long-term good of our sport, now is the time to put up or shut up.’

Along with the open letter, Warren also tweeted a graphic of some of the fights that could make up a card if the two heavyweight promotions locked horns and appeared on BT Sport Boxing to underline his ideas for fights.

They include Anthony Yarde vs Joshua Buatsi, Joe Joyce vs Dereck Chisora and Archie Sharp v Zelfa Barrett.  

A message from @frankwarren_tv to @EddieHearn…

Fury 🆚 Joshua
Dubois 🆚 Whyte
Joyce 🆚 Chisora
Yarde 🆚 Buatsi
Williams 🆚 Andrade
Gorman 🆚 Allen
Jenkins 🆚 Benn
Sharp 🆚 Barrett
Metcalf 🆚 Fowler
Edwards 🆚 Yafai

Let’s work together to make the big fights happen 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wn9YnRruPc

Warren also believes the plan could help co-operation between the promotions as they look to finally get Fury and Joshua in the same ring. 

Although he couldn’t spell his heavyweight rival’s name correctly, Fury seemed to be a fan of his promoter’s idea and tweeted: ‘Just throw fury vs Joshuar in that also let’s make it happen’. 

Both Warren and Hearn are attempting to reel fans back in with a series of shows behind closed doors.

Last weekend, Hearn hosted his first event in his £5million ‘Fight Camp’ in the garden of his home in Brentwood, Essex. 

The first event last weekend saw Ted Cheeseman defeat Sam Eggington and there will be three more weeks of action, concluding on August 22 when Whyte takes on Alexander Povetkin

The venue is being used as a ‘bubble’ so that fighters can compete safely amid health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

All athletes will stay at a hotel nearby and travel back and forth between the HQ and accommodation. 

Meanwhile, Warren has been organising fights for his stars in BT Sport’s studios.  

Despite the prospect of some exciting fights, the Queensberry vs Matchroom showdown fans are crying out for is Joshua vs Fury.

Talk of an almighty British heavyweight showdown has gathered momentum ever since Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in February to claim the WBC title and they now have a proposed fight in 2021.

But Joshua must first defeat Kubrat Pulev while the Gypsy King has a re-match with Wilder to get through. 

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