There’s a bit of territory marking going on in the promotional game, as Oscar De La Hoya tells Eddie Hearn America is his.
This weekend, boxing will take over Abu Dhabi as Matchroom’s Dmitry Bivol faces Golden Boy’s Gilberto Ramirez. As a result, the heads of both companies attended and seemed to get along very well – after all, they shared a broadcast partner in DAZN.
It’s no secret that Hearn was hoping to take over the American boxing arena, but with big names like Top Rank and PBC, he’s had to cut his job. Another man who gently reminded him of the hierarchy was De La Hoya. He talked to IFL TV about Hearn’s efforts with Matchroom worldwide and, although it’s free, said it won’t be on the reins in the United States.
“Internationally and in Europe, he has done very well, because he has the backing of DAZN. In America, that’s my territory. No one gets in the way of what I’m doing, the way I promote.
There’s a reason why I promoted the Canelos, Errol Spences, Bronze Bomber. There’s a reason why I highly recommend Ryan Garcia. There’s a reason why I have Vergil Ortiz. There’s a reason why I push Ramirez. There’s a reason why we have the best talent in America, and that’s why it’s called Golden Boy Promotion.”
While De La Hoya showed a big smile after his monologue, his expression said that he should be taken seriously. It came as he was going viral on Twitter, threatening to expose ‘everyone’ in boxing.
The series of tweets was born from the drama between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, who are now talking again and again about which side caused the fighting talks to break down.