Promoter speaks as company continues to grow and Sauerland announce huge deal
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has spoken in a confident mood about the future of his company, less than a week after fellow promoters Nisse and Kalle Sauerland teamed up with global sports giant Wasserman.
Hinting that Matchroom could become "the UFC of boxing", paying tribute to Dana White's business having the major stronghold in the world of MMA, Hearn said he believed his company were the only promotional outfit 'making a charge globally'.
Eddie Hearn on Matchroom: "We are the global force. There's no-one else touching what we are doing or even making a charge globally. We are set to become the UFC of boxing and it's only a matter of time."— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 3, 2021
Last week Wasserman and Sauerland announced a merger, in which outspoken figure Kalle Sauerland stated "there wasn't a boxer in the world" who wouldn't be interested in listening to what they have to say. Sauerland has been the chief of the lucrative World Boxing Super Series and previously the Super Six Series and has been arguably the most instrumental figure in European boxing for over 30 years.
Hearn however, has made waves. Topped with a stunning Gibraltar venture, that saw Dilliany Whyte reclaim his mandatory WBC spot with a devestating finish of Alexander Povetkin, Matchroom have been putting on shows in Uzbekistan and America - and are set to host a 70,000 capacity show when Billy Joe Saunders challenges Canelo next month in Texas.
Eddie Hearn has told reporters a decision on Matchroom's UK TV future is "very close" and will be made in the next two weeks. Sky deal is expiring this summer and they've had talks over possible extension, but he said they've also got three other offers (one assumed to be DAZN).— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 3, 2021