News | Jun 30 2018

Eddie Hearn on spat with Showtime

Showtime have neither Deontay Wilder nor Anthony Joshua under contract, Eddie Hearn tells John Dennen
Stephen Espinoza Showtime
Stephen Espinoza  |  Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports

RELATIONS between Showtime, the US broadcast giant, and promoter Eddie Hearn have publicly soured. It’s a surprise, considering that Showtime have televised the recent fights of Anthony Joshua, whom Hearn promotes. But tensions have become apparent since negotiations to match Joshua with Deontay Wilder this year collapsed.

The breakdown of those talks is described in detail HERE, and Hearn has discussed the issues publicly. Espinoza took to Twitter to make a series of points. “Hate to interrupt with actual facts, but: 1. Wilder did offer mutually acceptable security, which could include a guarantee. 2. Wilder did send a detailed term sheet and you acknowledged receipt. Both were in writing and easily verifiable. You didn’t respond substantively to either,” he wrote.

Espinoz added, “Deontay has something more important than a contract: LOYALTY. You familiar with the concept? Didn’t think so.”


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