Friday, 18 October, 2019

Matchroom lands on DAZN in 'historic' US$1 billion deal

Eddie Hearn FACEBOOKMatchroom US will produce 16 live shows a year in the US – each with a multi-million dollar budget
Shannon Reynolds | 11 May, 2018, 18:50

'We have been looking at the USA market for some time but we needed a platform that would give us a huge volume of dates and a war chest to build an unrivalled stable within the sport.

DAZN and parent company Perform Group announced Thursday afternoon that they've signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with boxing promoter Matchroom Boxing, which will cover 16 new fight nights a year from venues across the US plus Matchroom's existing 16 fight nights annually in Britain.

He said: "This is a truly historic moment for boxing and a very proud moment for me, my family and everyone at Matchroom". "It's the biggest deal in boxing history".

Exciting twin brothers Jermell and Jermall Charlo have already been linked with a move to Matchroom while welterweight world champion Keith Thurman is also on Hearn's hitlist.

The WBA, WBO and IBF king has been offered £37m to face WBC champ Wilder in America before the year is out.

Other notable fighters include former welterweight champion Amir Khan, Tony Bellew, Dillian Whyte, Kell Brook and more but Hearn is now looking to create an 30-man American stable including some of the biggest names in the sport, particularly ones without a promoter.

Katie Taylor celebrates with promoter Eddie Hearn, left, and trainer Ross Enamait.

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"It's open season on all world class fighters in the U.S", said Hearn. Hearn added that for one card he may spend more than the budget of HBO and Showtime combined.

"This stable will surpass anything in the world".

Signing with the Briton would undoubtedly expedite a potential title unification clash that Wilder has been calling for, having recently sent "AJ" a fight contract worth $50 million. "I needed to have artillery and we are very unsafe when we have artillery".

According to the joint release by Perform Group and Matchroom Boxing, this iconic investment in the fights, talent, content, and promotion of boxing will reignite fans' passion for the sport and engage a new generation of fight fans.

"Joshua feels he's built something brilliant in the U.K. He doesn't need to go to the U.S. yet ... we can do the second one in the U.S. These are all the conversations we're having", Hearn added.

As part of the deal, DAZN US viewers will also be able to watch Matchroom's 16 fight nights a year from the United Kingdom, and Deyner today said more sports would be added to the service when it launches later this year.

The first show of the new deal will take place in September this year. "And if I don't make this work, I've failed miserably".

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