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Eddie Hearn comments on possible heavyweight Boxing World Series with Anthony Joshua

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In the last few years, there is no denying that boxing has started booming again in Britain.

Having as many as 14 world champions simultaneously at one point has led many to suggest that Britain is finally competing with America in the sport.

The World Boxing Super Series appears to have been a big hit with British audiences too, with the tournament spawning a huge domestic showdown between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr.

The super-middleweight division has been showcased and Groves' WBA title will be on the line every time he fights, so what about seeing this format in other weight divisions?

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes that while the tournament has done a fine job at highlighting the division, it would get harder the higher up it goes.

“As far as the tournament goes, it’s good. The correct format is the cruiserweight format where you’ve got every world champion in. So you can honestly say the winner of that tournament is the best cruiserweight in the world and is the undisputed champion. That’s great, if they can get more weight divisions and do that, great. The problem is the commercially bigger divisions, heavyweight, welterweight.”

And Hearn is right.

Could you imagine Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Josepth Parker all in the same tournament competing for the ultimate heavyweight honours?

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Then you chuck in, say, Hughie Fury, Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev, Tito Ortiz and Dillian Whyte - all of sudden you have several huge money fights.

Good for the sport, good for the fighters, right?

Well, it's not that easy. As Hearn explains, fighters like Joshua become their own brand and stand to make more money from making these fights outside of the tournament restrictions.

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“Joshua is the problem, the others would probably go in,” his promoter said. “Fighters who are commercially big like to be in control of their business and what they’re doing.”

While the principle of the tournament would be great for boxing as a sport, as a business, some of the fighters wouldn't be inclined to comply.

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