Eddie Hearn has revealed a list of super-fights that he’d love to make next year, and there’s one, in particular, that would surely captivate the entire planet.
2021 has provided fans with some unbelievable contests. Tyson Fury finally ended his fearsome rivalry with Deontay Wilder in a five-knockdown thriller. Josh Taylor emerged as the undisputed super lightweight champion in a firefight with Jose Ramirez. And finally, Joseph Parker ended the year by claiming bragging rights in a war with Derek Chisora.
But 2022 is set to provide a host of new opportunities, and if Hearn’s wishlist is anything to go by, then fans can begin to get excited. The boxing promoter has come up with a plethora of mouth-watering contests that would get boxing enthusiasts hyped.
Conor Benn vs Adrien Broner and Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence are amongst the standouts, whilst a contest between Wilder and Chisora has received traction for all the wrong reasons. But the fight that would grasp the attention of the fans the most is a bout between two other huge names on the list.
Conor McGregor vs Jake Paul
Like it or not, Jake Paul has become one of the biggest names in the entire sport of boxing. His braggadocious attitude, combined with his crushing knockout victories over big names, has allowed him to transcend pop culture.
However, according to DAZN’s Steven Muehlhausen, his rematch with Tyron Woodley flopped to a surprising degree. He was only capable of selling under 65,000 PPV buys.
Therefore, it’s clear that Paul is only a draw if he has the right dance partner. His fight with Ben Askren captivated the world. The wrestler dismantled the 24-year-old at the press conferences, and his confidence alone was enough to convince people that he had a shot.
Askren may be a sensational talker, but without the ability to back it up, he was in a lot of trouble. But unlike the ex-Bellator champion, McGregor knows how to use his hands.
Could Eddie Hearn actually make this fight?
Paul has desperately been trying to get McGregor in the ring since his victory over basketball star Nate Robinson last December. But he has been met with near radio silence since from the Dubliner.
However, Eddie Hearn has made miracles happen in the past. Therefore, fans may believe that if anyone could make this fight, it would be him. But due to contract complications with the UFC, even the renowned promoter might struggle to get this one over the line.
On the fight, Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show: “This is a mega-fight and a really good fight as well, got to get the catchweight right at the moment, although Conor McGregor looks huge at the moment.
“Conor McGregor; legend, Jake Paul; content legend – but a lot of fun putting the work in.”
Would McGregor even be interested?
Although the contest would no doubt make McGregor a lot of money, he still appears to have no desire to set foot in the ring with Paul. Instead, he seems to be more invested in returning to the Octagon.
But if he ever had a change of heart, would he be able to beat the American?
The Irishman has far more combat sports experience than his adversary. He is famed for his exploits in the UFC. But what people might not realise is that the Dubliner had an outstanding amateur boxing career.
He was a national champion, and seemed set to go down the pathway of fighting in the squared circle until he was introduced to MMA.
McGregor eventually returned to boxing to fight Floyd Mayweather in 2017. He went 10 rounds with the greatest of all time. Fans could therefore be forgiven for thinking this is a complete foregone conclusion.
But it isn’t. Paul weighed in at just over 191 pounds for his last outing, whereas his desired opponent has fought as low as 145. In addition, the ex-Disney presenter is working on the art of boxing every day, whilst McGregor has many more disciplines to focus on.
That doesn’t mean that fans should write off ‘Notorious’. He hits incredibly hard and is a far more skilled fighter than anyone the 24-year-old has ever fought before. But in his last contest, it was evident that Paul has the power to knock anybody out, and it only takes one punch.
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