Promoter Frank Warren probably should be a little enthusiastic about his U.K. PPV card this weekend, headlined by Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton, but he’s actually pretty agitated that Eddie Hearn similarly scheduled a competing PPV on the same day with the rematch between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.
It was already bad enough that either promoter scheduled a PPV just a couple days before Christmas, but that the two cards are going head-to-head only serves to fracture their audience, taking away from both cards. During yesterday’s final press conference, Warren had this to say:
“It’s just pathetic that Hearn decided to put on that show the same night as our bill. The people who will suffer are the four fighters because their purses will be hit,” said Warren at Wednesday’s final press conference.
“It’s alright Hearn saying it will only take away around 50,000 buys from his show. But even if that is correct, that’s still three-quarters of a million quid that could be going to the fighters.”
Warren would continue by saying that there’s no real comparison in the quality of the cards, with his card being a ‘top quality championship fight’ while he says Whyte-Chisora is just two British-level heavyweights. And to that end Warren brings up the fact that Whyte has already been knocked out by reigning champion Anthony Joshua, and says that Chisora has lost 7 out of 8 meaningful fights.
That said, people do still love fights with bad blood between the fighters, and Whyte-Chisora has an abundance of that, even if it’s not the most relevant fight in the heavyweight division. But if you had to shell out for one of the cards, which one would it be?