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‘Brain damage’ – Promoter Eddie Hearn in awkward exchange with Joshua Buatsi’s trainer Virgil Hunter after suggesting Artur Beterbiev fight, as trainer insists his man isn’t not yet ready for Canelo Alvarez or Dmitry Bivol


Eddie Hearn had a brief awkward exchange with Joshua Buatsi’s trainer Virgil Hunter during the post-fight press conference after beating Craig Richards on Saturday night.

The south Londoner beat his local rival by unanimous decision, progressing to a world title in boxing’s light-heavyweight division.

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Buatsi is now on the brink of world level

Currently, the top two champions in the division are Russian elite talents Dmitry Bivol and Artur Betebiev.

Beterbiev has a 100% KO ratio as a unified WBC and IBF champion.

Bivol recently beat Canelo Alvarez to retain his WBA title and Hunter was first asked if he thought his man was ready to face either of the two.

“I honestly can’t say that right now,” Hunter replied, “Because being at world title level there are just some things I have to see.

“But he will always be in the fight, trust me he will be there.

“So I’m not saying he would lose to Bivol or Canelo, I think he would give Canelo fits.

“His physique would give Canelo fits and he would wear Canelo down.

‘Brain damage’ – Promoter Eddie Hearn in awkward exchange with Joshua Buatsi’s trainer Virgil Hunter after suggesting Artur Beterbiev fight, as trainer insists his man isn’t not yet ready for Canelo Alvarez or Dmitry Bivol

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Hunter didn’t seem impressed with Beterbiev’s suggestion of Hearn

“Bivol is doing some things that I think we should work on more.

“Just make it complete – give him the opportunity to win a belt and keep a belt, not just fight for the belt and then come back down.

“Earn a belt, then keep a belt.”

At this point, Hearn added, “Cor, Beterbiev is a great fight as well. War.”

There was an awkward silence for a few seconds as Hunter looked at Hearn and then replied, “Why?” Do you want to have brain damage? »

Hearn replied, “It’s a great fight, isn’t it? Stylistically, it’s a big fight.

Hunter then agreed, “Yeah, that’s a great fight.”

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