Michael Hunter’s only experience with wallets revealed to him the dangers of being a free agent in boxing.
The heavyweight contender was criticized in the spring for turning down an IBF heavyweight eliminator against the highly regarded Croatian Filip Hrgovic after the matchup went public and was won by Matchroom’s Hrgovic’s co-promoter Eddie Hearn, who, by the way, is Hunters former promoter was for a short distance. However, Hunter had no advertising support and thus no leverage to negotiate a better deal for himself.
“I’m the lonely star fighter and I made my own business when it came to the wallet bid,” Hunter, 33, said on the SI Boxing podcast. “There didn’t have to be a stock market bid. You should negotiate with me in good faith, which was difficult for you.
“You are silent – meaning [co-promoters] Team Sauerland and Eddie Hearn – [they] didn’t really contact me until the end when I didn’t have a lot of time and choice. I went to a wallet and I had no support or [being] Under an advertising banner they knew that I would get no support if it came to a stock market bid. At least that’s what they thought. “
Hunter, a 2012 Olympian, says Triller entered the fray at that point. Triller, the music app that promoted the exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. last year, made headlines in early February by winning the tender for the IBF lightweight title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos and establishing how Matchroom and Top Rank.
“Then [Sauerland and Hearn] got wind of Triller being involved, ”Hunter continued. “Triller was unbeaten back then when it came to bidding for money. I think at first they didn’t notice anyone [else] was involved, but when they found out who it was we had various extensions. It was extended for another 15, 12 days. “
But Hunter says that Hearn and Sauerland were ultimately able to get Triller to make an offer.
“Eddie Hearn and Team Sauerland were able to contact Triller and talk them out of the bid,” Hunter continued. “Eddie was the only one who bid. They said like they knew they would be the only ones who would bid. Originally they weren’t. Triller would kick them in the buttocks. ”
In the end, however, the wallet boondoggle seemed to have worked for Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs). Instead of accepting Hearn’s offer, Hunter signed a multi-fight deal with Triller. On August 3, he will make headlines against Mike Wilson (21-1, 10 KOs) in Triller’s new boxing series at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I know it is not common to call other people and find out what they are bidding and try to dissuade them from bidding what [Hearn and Sauerland] done in the end and it was a success, ”said Hunter. “It just moved and moved some deals and money my way. Greetings to Eddie Hearn and Team Sauerland. “