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Eddie Hearn: Canelo would lose his earnings from fighting in Mexico

With excellent fighters, a never-ending hotbed and a fan base hungry for good fights, Mexico is the ideal country to grow boxing, but not

Eddie Hearn: Canelo would lose his earnings from fighting in Mexico


With excellent fighters, a never-ending hotbed and a fan base hungry for good fights, Mexico is the ideal country to grow boxing, but not to host major contests.

Contrary to what it may seem, the business is not so good, because compared to what can be generated in a big billboard in Las Vegas, California, Texas or some other mecca worldwide -especially with the appearance of the Middle East – It is difficult to reach half of the profits, so the promoters, even the stellar boxers like Saúl Álvarez, would have a lower purse than they are used to.

“I feel like every time we come, every show is fantastic, the atmosphere is amazing. The heritage, the history of Mexico, the fans and the knowledge of the sport and not only that, many fans in the United States who love boxing and Canelo are from Mexicobut I think that the problem with coming to Mexico and the reason why the others (promoters) do not do it is because you can’t make the big money. That is why they take the shows to other places, ”said , during his visit to Mexico for the fight that Mauricio Lara will hold against the Colombian José Sanmartín, in an interview with MILENIO-Televisión.

There is passion and talent

However, Eddie Hearn sees something that money cannot compensate for and that he found in the Mexican territory in abundance: passion and talent. Yes, he recognizes that boxing is experienced in a very special way in our country.

The Englishman, who broke into the world scene thanks to a boxing demand platform, pointed out that Mexico has shown him on many occasions the passion that locals feel for the sport of fists and it is something that can be greatly enjoyed. way, even if it can only be lived through a transmission.

In addition to the fact that every time he sees the Mexican boxers that are emerging, as prospects that help nurture the billboards, he always finds talent, but he reiterated that the problem of bringing the big shows goes elsewhere.

The truth is that I don’t think I have signed enough Mexicans (in your promoter). They are never enough. We’ve seen so many, for example, Mauricio Lara himself, he shouldn’t be in the position he’s in, but he just opened up space for himself, it’s impressive,” Hearn said.

Difficult to bring Canelo

The last time Saúl Álvarez had a fight on Mexican soil was more than 10 years ago, precisely on November 26, 2011, when he retained his super welterweight world championship against Puerto Rican Kermit Cintrón, whom he defeated with a technical knockout in the fifth round. in the function held in the Monumental Plaza de Toros México. He was just building his legacy back then, and he only had six fights in the States.

Today, the situation is different. That is why the thought of bringing Canelo Álvarez to Mexico may be something worth evaluating, although both the fighter and the promoter would lose approximately 50 percent of the profits, despite the fact that the fight takes place in the Azteca stadium, the largest sports venue in the country.

“Doing a Canelo Álvarez event in Mexico, at the Azteca or wherever, the seeing so many people would be something historic and I feel that Canelo would love it, but you would be missing out on a large amount of money. But I also think it’s important to bring those fighters back to their hometowns.”

“Canelo got to the point in his career of asking himself what is next, what else can he do for his career, for his legacy. For me, fighting internationally, not just in Mexico, fighting in London, in the Middle East, in Japan… for me it’s what global figures should do. For me, seeing the Azteca Stadium would be something very special, but as I said, it is difficult, but he is also a very proud man and I feel that it would be emotionally very special to bring a fight to his people, ”concluded the businessman.

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