Hearn To Announce U.S. Signings July 17
Eddie Hearn’s attempt at a “British invasion” will continue on July 17th, when he announces eight new American fighters to his Matchroom Boxing USA stable.
Hearn confirmed on Thursday that seven of the fighters, some of which are world champions, are currently lined up, and is looking to add more.
“One thing that’s gone really well is the youth stars, coming out of the national team because I think we’re battling the system with some of the top guys,” Hearn said of attracting new fighters. “But with the other kids they’re fresh and clean so they haven’t got anything in mind or anyone in their ear and they’re talking to everyone, they’re liking what we’re doing and we’re getting them.”
“In terms of the Mikey Garcias, the Charlos, we do need a flagship star guy like that,” Hearn admitted in regards to having a flagship fighter.
“We’ve got some A-listers signing but I still feel that we are searching for that golden goose, and there’s not many of them. The golden goose is – and these aren’t guys we’ve approached – someone like Lomachenko, Crawford, Garcia, Thurman, Spence, those kind of guys – so Mikey Garcia is very interesting and he’s a very smart guy. He boxes on July 28, as soon as that’s over we sit down but as you can imagine you’ve got Showtime, Haymon… But it’s fine, because it’s only the same as we had here [in the UK].”
Hearn also talked the idea of some of the American fighters coming to Britain.
“When I’ve talked to these guys they’ve said, ‘Will I get to box in the UK,’ and I’ve said, “Not really, the money is in America with DAZN. So we will have to see.”
One of the major points Hearn looks to do in the United States, is give fighters top fights in their hometowns.
“One of the focuses is we have to make these guys stars in their hometowns,” he explained.
“I’m just shocked that you’ve got fighters who’ve never boxed in their hometowns and no one knows who they are in their hometowns. Look at when Wilder goes to Alabama, or Crawford goes to Omaha. Those are scenes. That’s what we want. We don’t want to necessarily just go to New York, LA, Vegas. We want to go to new towns and cities that aren’t exposed to boxing. Look, ESPN are going to New Orleans. Brilliant. It was like when we went to Newcastle the other week because people weren’t used to it.”
Hearn’s first United States show has been penciled in for November 17th in a location to be announced.
Quotes Via: Boxing Scene