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Hearn can foresee a World title fight between Crolla and Ormond

A big Anthony Crolla versus Stephen Ormond bout is a fight Eddie Hearn would like to make.

The Matchroom boss was in Croke Park on Wednesday to discuss all things Matthew Macklin and the August 30 Return of the Mack card.

However, WBO European champion Ormond was one of a number of Dublin names thrown the way of the promoter by one fight fan at the open press conference.

Hearn, who revealed plans of a massive Dublin fight night in the O2 in November, was full of praise for ‘The Rock’ and revealed he would be open to making an Ormond Crolla clash.

Indeed Hearn revealed a scenario that could see the English and Irish fighters trade leather in a WBO final eliminator or indeed challenge for the vacated strap.

“Anthony Crolla versus Stephen Ormond is a great fight,” said Hearn. “Crolla is out on September 13 in Manchester. We were very close to getting him the WBA title shot but we lost out, unfortunately.

“If you look at the WBO rankings Crolla and Ormond are right up there I think Crolla is 4 and Ormond is 5, they are talking about (current champions) Terrence Crawford moving up to fight Beltran, so Crolla versus Ormond could be a final eliminator or even a fight for a vacant world title.”

Ormond finally started the get the recognition in the know fight fans believed he deserved last year. He out pointed the well known Derry Matthews in Liverpool before registering an eye catching stoppage win over Karim El Ouazghari on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s impressive demolition of Hugo Cazares in April.

The puncher Bernard Dunne tipped to take over the Dublin mantle when he retired, hoped to build on the success with a home coming clash in the summer and felt he could secure a World title shot if he was kept in 2014, but he has yet to secure a fight date.

The ‘do my talking in the ring’ fighter is rumoured to be fighting on the massive September 6 Titanic Showdown card and a fight on such a high profile bill would be welcomed. However the undercard for what could prove a legendary night in Irish boxing has yet to be confirmed.

Hearn stressed he hasn’t had talks with Ormond and claimed he is unaware of his promotional situation-Ormond has been fighting for Frank Warren over the last few years- but did state he has enough fighters in his stable to keep the Dub busy.

 “Stephen Ormond is a great fighter and there are so many great fights in that division. I think Ricky Burns will move up to light welter, but look at the lightweights we have on our team, not just Crolla, but Kevin Mitchell, Tommy Coyle and outside of that the likes of Derry Matthew. Ormond could definitely be part of the mix, I don’t know his position but he is a talented fighter.”


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