Exclusive: Eddie Hearn provides updates on Fury-Whyte, Joshua-Usyk and talks with Broner

The chairman of Matchroom Sport was speaking ahead of Conor Benn's return to the ring against Chris Algieri in Liverpool.

Eddie Hearn has held talks with Adrien Broner about staging his comeback on DAZN.

The former four-division world champion is teasing fans about a return to the ring and according to Hearn, a fight between the American and Conor Benn is the fight to make.

Broner is a free agent and claimed he is open to fighting on DAZN, Showtime, ESPN or even HBO - should they re-enter the boxing market.

"The Problem" last fought in February, outpointing Jovanie Santiago although it was a far from convincing performance. Since 2017, Broner has had just four fights, which includes two defeats to Mikey Garcia and Manny Pacquiao while also drawing against Jesse Vargas - another disputed result.

Broner may not be everyone's cup of tea but Hearn is a big fan of "The Problem" and wants to promote his comeback bout against Benn - providing he comes through Chris Algieri this weekend in Liverpool, an event which also includes Katie Taylor in action.

"I like Adrien he adds a lot of value. I think when his head is switched on he's a tremendous fighter and it's a big fight for Conor Benn but we'll see if he can come through his fight this weekend against Chris Algieri," he told Planet Sport.

"I can see it, yes I can," when quizzed on if it could be Benn's next fight. "It's a tough fight. If you get a switched on Adrien Broner then it's a really tough fight but all eyes on the Algieri fight first," Hearn added.

Hearn bites back at Ellerbe threats

Hearn angered Ellerbe with his recent remarks after comparing Devin Haney's lightweight title defence against JoJo Diaz to Gervonta Davis' bout with Isaac Cruz.

His comments included questioning the pay-per-view model provided for Davis before predicting it would generate an estimated 100,000 sales.

In response, the American promoter lashed out on Hearn, labelling him a 'pathological liar' before threatening to 'smack the s**t' out of him.

"I don't know how I disrespected him all I said was, our fight is bigger than his fight. A 90-10 split, £10million guarantee and you may get me in the ring (with him)," Hearn joked.

"I don't know he just doesn't seem to like me. He keeps saying he won't address me anymore and then does address me. I don't have any problem with Leonard Ellerbe but he seems like a very tough man.

DAZN to stage Fury vs Whyte?

Fury Whyte

Dillian Whyte's arbitration court battle with the WBC has been settled and the Brixton slugger is now mandatory to Tyson Fury's green-and-gold belt.

The "Bodysnatcher" avenged his Alexander Povetkin defeat in March to regain the interim belt and is now set for negotiations. Cardiff and Manchester are the front-runners for where the all-British blockbuster could take place.

Hearn provided an update and refused to rule out doing a deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank rather than it going to purse bids.

"What we really need to know is, what's the split going to be and what's the negotiation process for that fight?

"We would like to put an offer in to stage that fight and obviously Top Rank will as well but we certainly don't rule out doing a deal with them. It has to be the right deal for Dillian Whyte and it has to be a fair reflection of his value in this fight."

Step aside fee for Joshua 'irrelevant'

Joshua next fight

Since defeat to Oleksandr UsykAnthony Joshua has triggered his rematch clause to take on the Ukrainian.

Joshua tasted the second defeat of his career to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium via unanimous decision - ending his second reign as unified heavyweight champion.

There had been suggestions that he would be open to taking a step aside fee to allow the division to crown its first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis between Usyk and Tyson Fury.

However, now that the WBC have ruled Whyte as the mandatory to Fury's WBC strap, Hearn has quashed any speculation on the matter.

"It's kind of irrelevant now because of the Dillian Whyte stuff but I've heard about some numbers flying about which is absolute rubbish about stepping aside money.

"There was a couple of minor conversations but nothing in terms of anything that was put to Anthony in concrete to get over the line," he added.

Read more: Five of the biggest all-British fights ahead of Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

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