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Eddie Hearn: Fury vs Joshua location could be announced this week, Estrada-Chocolatito 3, much more

The Matchroom promoter once again did a Q&A for fans and dropped some interesting tidbits.

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Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn once again used his Instagram story to field some fan questions today, so here are some tidbits from the session.

  • Newly crowned WBO cruiserweight champ Lawrence Okolie has a mandatory, according to Hearn, but “also wants to unify ASAP.” IBF titlist Mairis Briedis was Okolie’s noted top target, and Briedis told us he’s willing to do it.
  • Once again, it’s noted that the ordered IBF heavyweight eliminator between Filip Hrgovic and Michael Hunter is heading to purse bids.
  • Hearn plans to have an announcement for WBC junior lightweight titlist Terri Harper toward the end of this week.
  • The promoter sees “big nights ahead for both” Ted Cheeseman and JJ Metcalf after a “fantastic” fight on the Povetkin-Whyte 2 card.
  • He likes Derek Chisora’s move to work with trainer Buddy McGirt for his May 1 fight with Joseph Parker, calling it a “great link-up” and McGirt a “great trainer.”
  • Hearn isn’t looking forward to David Avanesyan for Conor Benn, saying all eyes are on Benn’s April 10 fight with Samuel Vargas, which he thinks “will be a war.”
  • The ordered Lewis Ritson vs Jeremiah Ponce fight, part of an IBF eliminator tournament at 140, is being put together for June.
  • Matchroom Fight Camp will return this summer, and one idea Hearn already has is a heavyweight scrap between cult favorite Alen Babic and Nick Webb, who just upset Erik Pfeifer.
  • Hearn plans to have European cruiserweight champ Tommy McCarthy and lightweight James Tennyson in action in May. Hearn has previously discussed doing Tennyson against Ricky Burns. 24-year-old junior welterweight prospect Dalton Smith will also be back in May.
  • On Campbell Hatton, the son of Ricky who just turned pro this past weekend, Hearn believes he has “loads of potential,” but is also urging patience, adding that the 20-year-old “needs lots of time to develop.”

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