Dana White backs Eddie Hearn to bring back boxing - 'I actually like his style'

"Eddie has some of the top guys in the world putting on these big heavyweight fights. I think Eddie is doing it right"

Eddie Hearn
Image: Eddie Hearn has been praised by UFC president Dana White

Promoter Eddie Hearn will be "in a position of serious strength" to resurrect boxing, says UFC president Dana White.

The UFC staged a behind-closed-event last Saturday with two more shows to come this week, and boxing is also plotting its return from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Things have changed a lot and I really need to focus my business, but [boxing's problems] can be fixed, and Eddie Hearn might be the guy to do it," White told The Athletic.

 Dana White splits Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor apart during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press To
Image: White was part of the promotion for Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor
Floyd Mayweather poses as Conor McGregor is pulled back by UFC President Dana White
Image: McGregor was beaten by Mayweather

"The thing is just so fragmented, nobody wants to work together.

"When this pandemic is over, the strongest will survive. I don't know who it's going to be.

"Al Haymon is a brilliant guy, I like Al a lot, but the guy who is in a position of serious strength right now is Eddie Hearn.

"Eddie has some of the top guys in the world putting on these big heavyweight fights. I think Eddie is doing it right. When Eddie puts on a fight, he actually makes money. A lot of these other guys aren't making money.

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"He's even more level-headed than I am. I can get crazy sometimes and snap and flip out - this guy is very level-headed and I actually like his style. He doesn't really fight with anybody.

"We all hate each other, we're always talking about each other, Eddie doesn't really play that game.

"Eddie is a pretty smooth dude and level-headed and it looks like he's running a good business, I'm not looking at his books, I don't know what his books look like, but it looks like he's running a pretty good business."

White's only foray into boxing came when UFC star Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather three years ago.

Dillian Whyte and Eddie Hearn
Image: Dillian Whyte is set to fight behind-closed-doors
Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn
Image: Anthony Joshua will face Kubrat Pulev next

Dillian Whyte is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in a heavyweight battle behind-closed-doors as boxing plans to return "with a bang", according to Matchroom promoter Hearn.

Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano could collide in the "best women's fight ever" on the same card, expected in July.

Anthony Joshua's defence of the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev will not be behind-closed-doors, however.

There are three weeks to finalise a location for Joshua vs Pulev, according to the challenger's manager Ivaylo Gotsev. The UK, the Middle East and a Roman amphitheatre in Croatia have been discussed.

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