Eddie Hearn has never been afraid to make enemies in the boxing business and it seems he has one in Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
Acting as Floyd Mayweather’s longtime financial manager, Ellerbe is also the CEO of Mayweather’s promotional arm and it’s safe to say he doesn’t like the way Hearn does business.
The couple has been trading insults lately with comments firing on how each ad treats its fighters. This is a hot topic of conversation because Gervonta Davis, the crown jewel of Mayweather Promotions, has announced that he is leaving and is now a free agent.
Hearn made no secret of his desire to pursue Davis and him to his stable of fighters which includes Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua, but Ellerbe labeled the British a clown.
“He’s a clown, and everyone knows that. That’s why you just laugh, ”said Ellerbe on the Seconds Out Podcast.
“I’m not going back and forth with him because he knows what time of day it is.”
Asked when the beef started, Ellerbe replied, “He knows what it is. He went into something personal, and I called him.
“I called him some time ago, and he knows what time of day it is. It’s just that. I mean, I don’t want to go back into all this.
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“I try to be as professional as possible. But he’s the only guy I can say that if I had the chance, I’d push him away. “
As one of the biggest advertisers in the world – if not the biggest – Hearn has rarely seen eye to eye with his peers.
He told talkSPORT that he had never been able to make a deal Don King. He has a publicly strained relationship with Frank Warren as well as clashes with Bob Arum.
When he tried to negotiate a deal with Shelly Finkel to make sure Deontay Wilder had fought Anthony Joshua a few years earlier, the Bronze Bomber didn’t like Hearn calling his advertiser “Shirley Winkle” in interviews as well as an apparent lack of transparency from the. President of Matchroom Boxing.
“You asked for $ 50 million, and we provided it for you. Now do you change your mind? “It doesn’t make sense,” Wilder told Richard Poxon in his podcast.
“That’s why I can’t deal with Eddie Hearn until today. They were not simple. They even contradict their own country. And they are compelling liars.
“Eddie Hearn is an honest liar. But I can’t deal with him, and I never want to see him. I only want to see him in battle [against Joshua].
“You just don’t call my manager Shirley Winkle. It’s like, come on, brother, how old are you?
“You’re trying to make the biggest fight in the world here, and you’re talking about ‘Shirly Winkle’?”
“That should let you know he’s not ready or ready (for that offer).”
Hearn could just step on it if that means he can get Davis to sign for Matchroom.