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Eddie Hearn is not a fan of pay-per-view boxing which he believes leaves things on 'a knife edge' for fighters 'gambling' on the number of people who sign up to watch

Eddie Hearn is not a fan of pay-per-view boxing which he believes leaves things on “a knife edge” for fighters “gambling” on the number of people who sign up to watch.

And the promoter believes the market being flooded with expensive pay-per-view boxing events has led to the product becoming somewhat diminished generally.

Speaking to Boxing social, Eddie, 42, said: “You live in a world now, where, pay-per-view in America, you’re on a knife edge every time you fight, because it’s so saturated.

“It’s not saturated at 19.99 pounds, it’s saturated at 80 bucks a pop.

"Obviously, you had Gervonta Davis [against Marrio Barrios on pay-per-view]…now you go into Wilder-Fury getting another pay-per-view, and then you go into Pacquiao and Spence, a great fight, but another pay-per-view.

"Before that you have Jake Paul-Tyrone Woodley.

"These are $80 at a time.”

Hearn does have a vested interest in the subject as he has an exclusive platform deal with streaming service DAZN, which is touted as an alternative to the pay-per-view model.

He is currently in the middle of negotiating a unification fight for his fighter Canelo Alvarez to face IBF titleholder Caleb Plant. Plant is currently aligned with Premier Boxing champions, the company responsible for putting on the most boxing pay-per-view shows in recent years.

And one of the biggest obstacles to the fight is which network gets the right to showcase it.

DAZN will stream it while Fox will probably put it on as a pay per view, leaving Alvarez to decide which is the most attractive offer. And Hearn understandably wants him to choose the non pay-per-view option.

He added: “I feel that if I’m a fighter I don’t want to be gambling on my pay-per-view numbers.

“There is no bigger star in America than Canelo Alvarez.

"For me, if I was advising him, which I’m in that boat, I want a guarantee.

"They’re saturating the market so much…I just feel like the way people are digesting content is changing and I know the numbers are falling fast in America on pay-per-view.

“I can’t believe $70, $80 pay-per-views are still a thing in America.

"But it is a thing.

"But right now, if I was a fighter, I’d make sure I had a guarantee, because I do think that [pay-per-view] is a dwindling market, especially at that price point.”

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