Re: Joe Joyce v Kubrat Pulev
Eddie Hearn in the dark over MMA-boxing hybrid as Kubrat Pulev faces ex-UFC star
Hearn will stage the world lightweight title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr that Triller initially bought, while the streaming platform will debut their new Triad Combat
Eddie Hearn has said that Triller's new MMA-boxing hybrid sport, which debuts head-to-head with his bout between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr, is no competition.
The American promotion will showcase their new 'Triad Combat' sport tonight, having missed out on hosting Lopez-Kambosos following a number of delays.
The event will be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir against top boxing contender Kubrat Pulev.
The ambitious pay-per-view show also features ex-UFC stars Matt Mitrione and Mike Perry, as well as a concert by legendary rock band Metallica.
But Hearn told Mirror Fighting : "You can't call that head-to-head. I've honestly heard nothing about it at all.
"The only thing was last night, I saw one post where Kubrat Pulev was sitting there. I've no idea what it is and I work in boxing, so that's not a good sign."
And there was a similar feeling from Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith earlier this week, telling Mirror Fighting that he was unaware the event was taking place.
Triller burst onto the scene in November of 2020 with their Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr PPV, and followed it up with a massive fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren this April.
But after defaulting on their massive $6million purse bid for Lopez vs Kambosos due to a number of delays, they have struggled to stage big fights, and facilitated a disastrous return to the ring for Evander Holyfield earlier this year.
"I didn't even know," Smith responded when asked about the promotion going head-to-head with their event. "I thought it was another date, I think it's different as well the ring is a triangle or something, good luck to them.
"This [Lopez vs Kambosos] is a huge fight, which they wanted, and it's been a long time coming and there's going to be a lot of interest in this fight so I'm not concerned about any issues there."
Smith also claimed that Triller were "not real boxing promoters", given that they are known for staging exhibition bouts as opposed to legitimate professional contests.
Their Tyson vs Jones bout was an exhibition, as well as Holyfield's first round KO against Vitor Belfort in September which also featured David Haye returning to the ring against pal Joe Fournier.
Asked if Triller were a legitimate competitor to Matchroom and their broadcast partners DAZN, Smith replied: "I don't believe so.
"I don't want to talk anyone down - they're not real boxing promoters, they put on concerts and this, that and the other.
"Our business is that we are the global number one boxing promoter, we'll deliver 44-45 shows this year in eight different countries."
Lopez, the unified lightweight world champion, told Mirror Fighting that going head-to-head with his fight was "exactly what he thought" Triller would do, but insisted he "doesn't care".
The event will see MMA fighters face off against boxers in a specially-designed triangular ring.
The boxers will be led by two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs as head coach, while the MMA fighters will have former UFC light heavyweight titleist Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson.
Competitors will wear crossover gloves while fighters will be allowed to strike their opponent in any clinches during the fight to represent the rules from MMA.
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