EDDIE HEARN has accepted Frank Warren’s challenge to pit the best of their stables against each other.
Veteran promoter Warren issued a proposal for his Queensberry boxers to go up against Hearn’s Matchroom stars.
And despite being taken aback at first, Hearn, son of Barry, is open to the idea with “business to be done”.
He told Sky Sports: “I thought it was strange, interesting, all those words.
“It’s a bit weird. In a situation like that, normally you just phone someone or send them an email, saying ‘This is my idea, what do you think?’
“Going out with a press release was an interesting tactic. A lot of the fights I really like, on those cards.
“Some are unrealistic. Dubois against Whyte. We know Whyte is fighting Povetkin and he’s mandatory to Fury. We know Usyk is fighting Chisora.
“We know Joyce and Dubois are fighting, but some of them are great match-ups. I love Buatsi against Yarde.
“If there’s business to be done, I’m all for it.”
Warren’s initial challenge left out the paring of Anthony Joshua, 30, and Tyson Fury, 31, who have already agreed a two-fight deal in 2021.
And though Hearn is negotiating the terms with Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum, he hopes the unification could “open the door” for further fights between the UK’s leading matchmakers.
He said: “Every now and again I have a backwards and forwards with a couple of his boys in the office. No problem, it’s fine.
“But I do think that fight could help us open the door to others as well.
“As long as my fighters are happy, as long as the money is secured, and as along as everything makes sense, I’m all for it.”