Hearn Wants Subriel Matias vs. Teofimo Lopez Unification Bout

Hearn Wants Subriel Matias vs. Teofimo Lopez Unification Bout

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is eyeing a potential matchup between his fighter, IBF light welterweight champion Subriel Matias, and WBO title-holder Teofimo Lopez. The opportunity for this fight hinges on Matias’ performance on Saturday night as he defends his title against Liam Paro in Puerto Rico. The fight will be broadcast live on DAZN.

Hearn is hopeful that Matias, with an impressive record of 20-1 and 20 knockouts, will impress the fans with his performance against Paro (24-0, 15 KOs) and generate interest in a showdown with Teofimo Lopez.

The likelihood of the fight materializing may depend on the involvement of Saudi investors, as Teofimo has not shown a strong inclination towards taking risky fights following his loss to George Kambosos Jr. Hearn acknowledges that Teofimo and WBC light welterweight champion Devin Haney are unlikely to come to Puerto Rico for a match against Matias.

In terms of potential opponents for Matias, former WBC champion Regis Prograis and Richardson Hitchins are being considered. Hearn emphasizes the importance of Matias delivering a stellar performance to build anticipation for a unification fight with Teofimo Lopez.

While Teofimo may not be eager to face Matias, especially given his recent preference for safer opponents, Hearn remains optimistic about the potential matchup. Building Matias’ global recognition is essential, and a strong showing against Paro will be key in attracting interest from fans and securing big fights in the future.

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