When will Matchroom Boxing Produce Shows In The United States?
When it comes to planning for the future, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is looking to take it one step at a time. He previously stated that he didn’t want to rush into things when it came to events inside the United States, as he believes Top Rank’s Bob Arum is doing. As a result, Hearn has an eye as to when he wants Matchroom to invade the country once again.
Hearn told Boxing Scene that the promotion could have events in the U.S. sometime in August. Florida could hold the first event back. With the coronavirus situation varying on location, and planning coming down to the commission’s involved, Hearn is making sure everything can be in place before having a formal plan.
“We are talking to about four different locations now. Top Rank are going early June,” Hearn stated. “Our guys in America have been training, but not sparring. They are not going to be ready until the end of July or the start of August anyway. It seems the longer we wait the easier it is going to be. But we don’t want to wait too long because we want to bring live boxing back.
“You have Zoom meetings every day with all sorts of people – commissions, broadcasters, doctors. Every week it is going to get easier, so why give yourself a mountain to climb when the boxers will not be ready. They know they will be in big fights.”
There are already plans for Matchroom to resume action in the United Kingdom via the backyard of Matchroom’s United Kingdom office. With no fans and limited staff present, several top matchups, like Terri Harper v. Natasha Jonas, Katie Taylor v. Amanda Serrano, and Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will look to take place on the 15-acre land in Brentwood, Essex. “Matchroom Fight Camp” will look to change the way Matchroom does business.
Collaborating with DAZN, Hearn will be looking to improve the status of the streaming service amid numbers decreasing as a result of the pandemic. One of the key aspects of big fights takin place is the idea that fighters do want to compete. It makes for a more convincing story for people to be invested in.
“I don’t want to come back with Fighter X against a guy no one is interested in,” Hearn went on to say. “The day of the easy payday should be gone now, we want our guys to be in compelling fights.
“Any business that relies on live sport is going to have had a tough ride. We are working with DAZN on a schedule for the rest of the year and we are all working together to plan for the return of boxing. We’re cracking on and need to come back with a compelling schedule.”
One of the big fights Hearn is hoping to get done is Anthony Joshua v. Kubrat Pulev. He wants the event in the United Kingdom, but it could take place in other venues around the world, especially if a crowd can be involved. If Joshua wins, the possibility of him v. Tyson Fury could bring in a lot of eyes. Hearn and Arum have stated that the event may not take place inside the United States.
A fight that could take place in the United States is the potential trilogy bout featuring Canelo Alvarez v. Gennadiy Golovkin. All of this is tentative until further notice.