Eddie Hearn is attempting to recruit yet another top middleweight to join the Matchroom USA stable on American broadcaster DAZN.
Jermall Charlo is the latest to enter the British promoter’s sights, having already acquired IBF world champion Daniel Jacobs and WBO world champion Demetrius Andrade.
The division’s top two – Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin – also fight on DAZN, but are not signed to Hearn/Matchroom.
This leaves Jermall Charlo somewhat out in the cold as he is currently aligned with influential adviser Al Haymon’s PBC, who broadcast their bouts on Showtime/FOX.
However he is not tied down to either in the long term, giving hope to Eddie Hearn.
“Charlo, I spoke to him the other day,” the promoter told reporters.
“How long can you say, ‘No I’ve got this other plan,’ when there’s guys making three or four times as much money [on DAZN]?
“Too many of them [PBC fighters] just get talked out of things, if you’re a free agent and you have the option and the ability to look at other offers, why wouldn’t you do it?
“Most of them get talked into taking a third of the money and boxing once a year.”
Jermall Charlo and his twin brother Jermell Charlo both won super-welterweight world titles, with Jermall now having moved up in weight to attempt to conquer the middleweight division.
His situation is looking evermore complicated though, as all four of the other top five fighters in the weight class now fight exclusively on the rival network.
Hearn continued: “This is what I’m saying to Charlo:
“’Charlo, we’ve got Golovkin, Canelo, Andrade and Jacobs. You’ll be paid three times as much money as you’re making at the moment and you’ll fight all those guys. What the f*** are you waiting for?’
“He said he’s speaking to Al. He said he trusts Al to make the right decision for him.
“I said: ‘Al works for Showtime and FOX so what decision do you think he’s gonna make for you.”