Moaning ‘muppets’ won’t stop Eddie Hearn giving Katie Taylor the PPV platform she ‘deserves’

Eddie Hearn is ready to take considerable ‘stick’ from ‘muppets’ to give Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] the pay per view platform she deserves.

The Matchroom boss has worked along side Brian Peters to help the Bray fighter transition from ground breaking amateur star to world wide respected pro success.

Hearn has been there as the London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner became undisputed lightweight world champion and a two weight world champ.

In that time Taylor, alongside two time Olympic gold medal winner Claressa Shields and her dance partners, has transformed the female fight pay scale.

The Irish sensation has banked record pay days and ensured her opposition have massively dwarfed their highest purses. Yet Hearn argues, she brings so much to the table in terms of entertainment and interest that she is deserving of much more.

Indeed, the promoter, who also works with Jono Carroll, James Tennyson and TJ Doheny, believes is pay per view worthy, pointing out the groundbreaking deserves both the platform and the financial reward that come with Box Office.

The Matchroom fight maker predicts any move to have Taylor, the first female to top a Sky Sports broadcast fight card, on the top of a PPV card will result in a lot of criticism.

However, it’s criticism he willing to take for ‘the modern day great’.

“I’d like to do Katie Taylor PPV,” Hearn told the Pound for Pound Podcast.

“Look, we are going to get loads of stick…even now you headline her on a show and you still get the muppets [saying] ‘I’ll turn it off when she comes on’.

“Why would you do that? She is absolutely thrilling, probably pound for pound one the most exciting fighters to watch in the world. Tell me a bad fight she has been in? She hasn’t been in a bad fight. People need to get off their high horse in that respect,” continues Hearn.

“I think we need to do a Katie Taylor PPV almost for the sake of doing it. We need to show people that women’s boxing is on that kind of level. I think it will do well.

“I really believe Katie has earned the right to do a pay per view fight. She has had to go through her whole career watching men, who don’t have anywhere the same value as she has making more money than her.

“When I do I am going to get bundles of stick for a Katie Taylor pay per view, but she has earned the right. I think its a major moment in women’s boxing. ”

Taylor’s next fight will play out on the last of four behind closed doors cards Sky and DAZN will broadcast in late July early August.

The Wicklow fighter looks set to put her lightweight titles on the line against seven weight world champion Amanda Serrano.

The ‘biggest fight in female fight history’ will be on a PPV card, but won’t headline it, that honour goes to Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, although Hearn believes the lightweight world title fight is stand alone Box Office worthy.

“There is an argument that the Amanda Serrano fight is a pay per view headliner. We know it ‘aint going to do the numbers of a Joshua Pulev, but it’s a big fight. Katie Taylor against Cecilia Braekhus, undisputed lightweight versus undisputed light welterweight in a catchweight at 140, massive fight.

“Katie Taylor against Cyborg, crossing over on the MMA.. these are all mega mega fights.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]