“It’s an interesting situation because Carl is one step away from the SuperSix final and probably one of the biggest fights of the year against Andre Ward,” said Hearn.
“But of course, he can’t look past a tough Glen Johnson who will be doing everything he can to force his way into the final. It’s a fight Carl should win and is expected to win but one he knows will be very tough and one hell of a war.
“In our 20 years in boxing we have been involved in some of the biggest nights in boxing with the biggest names – and indeed the super-middleweight division itself with Eubank and Benn – and Carl ranks up there with the very best of them, no doubt about it.
“He’s not just an impressive fighter but an impressive man too, and he has earned an enormous amount more recognition than he has received.
“We want to reach the final against Ward which we know will be a tough, tough fight but Carl has never shied away from such a fight and he would give it everything against Ward.
“No British fighter has ever faced the current run of fights Carl has taken on – in fact, very few fighters in the history of the game can say they have fought the best back-to-back – and certainly no-one has ever performed to Carl’s level in such massive events against the best names.”
“It’s a 50-50 fight in my opinion,” said Ward. “Either guy has the potential and the ability to win this fight. At this level you never really know, so mentally I am prepared to fight either guy.”