Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn talks to Fight Hub on his thoughts on the lightweight division and its current landscape. Hearn, who no longer promotes undisputed champion Devin Haney, says a fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko might do it for the die-hard boxing fans, but he has no doubt there’s one fight that’s head and shoulders over the rest.
“Devin Haney gets criticism for being boring but he is a brilliant fighter,” Hearn said. “Like, we’ve worked with him for a long time, he’s so smart, he’s very difficult to beat. And it’s going to take someone special to beat him – Shakur Stevenson, Tank maybe, but I don’t think so. Ryan Garcia, I don’t think so. But the biggest fight in the division by a mile is Tank against Ryan Garcia now.
“Lomachenko is a tremendous fighter. To us in boxing, Lomachenko against Haney is a great fight. It is a quarter of the fight of Tank against Ryan Garcia because you have to understand the fan bases, the mixes of personality, and Ryan Garcia brings a huge following into that fight away from boxing. And Gervonta Davis brings all of boxing and brings crowds, brings energy. It’s a brilliant fight and I don’t know how close it is.
“I hear, just like you hear, that it’s close. But that is the fight for the division. Lomachenko-Haney, great fight, not anywhere near as big as Tank against Ryan Garcia. For me that’s one of the biggest fights in the sport.