Eddie Hearn: Dana White Is Someone That I Look Up To
Eminent boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and UFC president Dana White seems to have a great deal of respect for each other. Although the director of Matchroom Boxing was initially critical of Dana’s efforts in the earlier stages of the coronavirus outbreak, he is now inspired by the UFC’s successful return, and even planning to host boxing events in his own back garden.
Speaking to iFL TV (as transcribed by The Mac Life), Hearn explained the change of his opinion from being sceptical about Dana pushing on with UFC 249 amidst the pandemic, to praising him after it was all done successfully and safely.
“What I like about Dana is, there’s so much,” he said. “I hate the fact people can’t wish success or happiness on others. I just feel like, with karma, you start resenting people’s success and achievements, it’s going to come and slap you right on the arse. What I like about Dana is, he’s happy in himself. He’s happy with his business. If people are doing well, he has no problem championing that.
“I just sent him a message ten days ago,” Hearn continued. “I wasn’t sure about whether ethically he should go as early as he done, but he’s proved me wrong. He’s cracked it. He’s made it safe for the fighters. He’s a go-getter. He’s a trailblazer. And without sounding all lovey, Dana White’s someone that I look up to. He’s revolutionised the sport. He’s a guy who managed to get a sport right, and that’s what I’m trying to do in boxing.
“With Dana White, you tell him no, you tell him it can’t be done, he’ll prove you wrong. I feel like I’m cut from the same cloth as well.”
Although Dana has had issues with may promoters in the business of combat sports, such as with Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya, these two managerial giants seem to have developed a great deal of mutual understanding and respect between each other over the years.
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