On Thursday in New York, promoter Eddie Hearn announced a lucrative partnership with Perform Group’s on-demand streaming service, DAZN.
Hearn said: “We can build a formidable team of fighters and also put our stamp on events from production to talent to in-arena experience. Our plan is to make DAZN the home of boxing and, with 32 big fight nights [a year] already confirmed from the US and UK, we are nicely on our way.”
Six weight world champion, Dela Hoya, was trolled on social media by a fan that suggested he should be worried about Hearn’s move on the American boxing scene. His response, however, suggested otherwise.
Hahahaah please https://t.co/rabSktZowA
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) May 12, 2018
But with a billion dollar war chest at his disposable, Hearn is likely to prickle the interest of fighters in America, the man from Essex continued:
“If you’re out there if you don’t have a promotional contract, if you’re a world-class fighter, we want you. If you’re a world champion no more fighting once a year. No more waiting on your date. We’ve got the dates, the money and the platform to give you regular championship contests.”
“This is open season for fighters in the U.S,” he concluded.
Following the announcement, Hearn alluded to the fact his pioneering partnership has had the desired effect with his phone ringing off the hook.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) May 11, 2018
Matchroom Sport USA is well and truly open for business.