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Matchroom USA Aiming High But Suffering Setbacks

Full details of Matchroom USA's attempted acquisitions

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

A few short weeks ago, Eddie Hearn laid down a gauntlet to the rest of the boxing world by announcing a partnership with fledgling streaming service DAZN. The 8-year deal will see Hearn's Matchroom USA' handed $1bn dollars to put on 16 fight cards a year in America. The deal will also see Amercian viewers able to see all 24 of the Matchroom cards shown in the UK. The first Matchroom USA card is slated to take place on September 22nd, although no venue has been confirmed as of this writing. 

This deal means that Matchroom USA has more capital at its disposal than established US TV networks like HBO or Showtime. Hearn sent an open message upon release of this news to all of boxing's free agents. Obviously, this news sent the cat amongst the pigeons and Hearn has been linked to virtually every major star on the globe. BUT, Hearn is not seeing the instant success that perhaps one might of thought he had. 

IntuBoxing has learned news of the following approaches:

Heavyweight, Adam Kownacki is fast emerging as a one of the top ten in his division. He has been offered a three-fight $1.5 million deal to fight on DAZN. However, his manager, Keith Connelly stated he is on the verge of signing a new agreement to remain loyal to Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (Showtime) instead.

The news was made public by Adrian Broner that Hearn had offered him a three-fight $2.5 million dollar a fight deal. Broner stated that the offer resembled a 'slave deal' and that Roc Nation had already offered him more money. 

Mikey Garcia's brother and trainer Robert has already claimed that Hearn made his brother 'one helluva an offer'. But that Garcia would make MORE money in his next fight.

Finally, a bidding war is taking place between Top Rank and Matchroom USA for the services of WBC 'Interim' middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo and his twin brother, WBC, super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo. "We're definitely open to it and to hear what he has to say, and I and my twin brother are willing to work something out if it makes sense.' (Credit BoxingScene)

The issue with Hearn making public the amount of money at his disposal is apparent. Fighters want to be remunerated fairly, as they should do. But, it seems Matchroom USA will have to delve deep into their pockets if they wish to make major signings.