Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card –

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By Carlos Boogs

This past fight week in Washington, DC saw promoters Eddie Hearn and Floyd Mayweather Jr. sit down and discuss the idea of a joint card in the fall, where there would be several fights pitting fighters from Hearn’s Matchroom Sport and Mayweather’s TMT/Mayweather Promotions banner.

Both of them came together on Saturday night at the DC Armory as co-promoters for a Showtime televised doubleheader. Mayweather was there to back his fighter, WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack, who went to a draw with Lucien Bute in the main event. Hearn was there to support his fighter James DeGale, who retained his title with a twelve round decision over Rogerlio Medina in the co-feature.

The doubleheader was put together as a springboard for a fall unification between Jack and DeGale, which at the moment is not being positioned as part of the Matchroom vs. TMT card.

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Some of the other fights being discussed include Rocky Fielding vs. J’Leon Love in a super middleweight encounter, and Ricky Burns – should he capture the vacant WBA 140-pound title on May 28th – making his first defense against Ashley Theophane. There are several other possibilities being kicked around.

“I managed to speak to Floyd and Leonard Ellerbe and I’m excited. We discussed DeGale and also how best to work together in matching our fighters.  We’re going to do something in September where we’re looking at doing a Floyd Mayweather team versus a Matchroom team in a five or six-man tournament in one night. ‘They’ve got a whole list of guys in many different weights,” Hearn told’s Declan Taylor.

“The obvious ones are people like J’Leon Love against Rocky Fielding at super middleweight but then you’ve got people like Ashley Theophane who could get a fight with Ricky Burns if Burns wins that WBA world title.

“Then at 135lbs, Mayweather’s fighter Mickey Bey is fighting for the IBF title [against Rances Barthelemy in June]. If he wins that, then we could look at him fighting Anthony Crolla or one of our other lightweights like Luke Campbell for the world title. There are loads of different fights at different levels and I’m excited and they are too. I think they think it will be a lot of fun but it’s just about getting the format and date right. ‘Once that’s sorted you will see that venture coming in the autumn.”

“It will take place in England but it’s just a case of where. Obviously some of the guys are from Liverpool, some are from London. But Floyd will be over of course and we will hope for some decent build-up shows for that too. We’re looking at having a big cash bonus for the team winners – either the Matchroom or the Money Team – which would be split between the fighters. It will be a nice team environment going into the fights and I think it will be fun.”

Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card –