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Frank Warren proposes Queensberry/Matchroom crossover fights

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Subsequent chatter between Warren and Hearn was not promising

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Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren released a statement yesterday imploring longtime rival Eddie Hearn to help “break down the borders and give the fans the fights they want to see,” proposing a number of potential crossover matchups.

Our door is wide open to begin negotiations for one-off spectacles, a sequence of events, a Test series of top ‘us versus them’ humdingers. The possibilities are endless and everything is on the table.

Forget the past. Don’t focus on the difficulties and let’s get on and make the fights people want to see. When it comes time to make Fury v AJ, everyone involved will have to cooperate anyway so I see no reason why we can’t make these fights now.

Hearn was dismissive of the proposal, chiding Warren for making a press release instead of making a serious offer via email or telephone and claiming that Queensberry contacted the BBBofC in an effort to hamper Fight Camp. Warren responded to the response by accusing Hearn of sending a cease and desist to Telemundo over an Amanda Serrano fight, clarifying the BBBofC queries, and telling Hearn to check his voicemail.

So, yeah, don’t expect this to go anywhere.

Among Warren’s proposed matchups, only Liam Williams vs. Demetrius Andrade appears feasible. Williams smashed up Alantez Fox in a final eliminator last December and got the order to face “Boo Boo” in March, shortly before COVID ruined everything. Hearn had intended to stage Chris Jenkins vs. Conor Benn on the July 25th Fight Camp opener, but never managed to put pen to paper.