Frank Warren Claims Eddie Hearn Hasn’t Lived Up To Promise
Queensberry promoter Frank Warren said rival Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn hasn’t delivered for DAZN at all.
Warren explained that DAZN – a streaming service – must go to pay-per-view, otherwise the model “doesn’t work.” When DAZN came to the U.S. in 2018, Hearn promised that PPV would be replaced by streaming for a monthly fee.
But that hasn’t been much of the case so far.
“They spent all that money in America, they’ve lost money hand over fist, and he’s not built a star. They’ve got hardly any subscribers (in the UK). They keep saying what they’ve got around the world — what they’ve got here, I understand, is not a lot, which is a great shame, because at the end of the day, I know a lot of people who work there, good friends of mine, people I’ve known over the years. I want it to be a success for them,” Warren said.
“But he hasn’t delivered. That’s the bottom line of it. All that nonsense, ‘Pay-per-view is dead’ — they need it. We all know pay-per-view is what pays these big purses for boxers. That’s what happens, and he needs it.”
Matchroom moved their U.K. broadcasts from Sky Sports to DAZN in 2021. Hearn has said that PPV would be necessary for specific fights like Anthony Joshua bouts, who he promotes. The first DAZN pay-per-view will be on May 7 between Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol.