There is little doubt in the minds of fans that Al Haymon’s PBC are top dogs at the minute, a status that has only been boosted by their recent signing of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to a reported three fight deal.
Even rival boxing businessman, Eddie Hearn, who had been working with Alvarez for the majority of his recent fights, had to give credit where it’s due in a recent interview.
Speaking to Boxing Social, he admitted that the year – so far – belonged to PBC, but that he and Matchroom plan to bite back with a strong closing six months to 2023.
“2022 was Matchroom’s year and 2023, right now, is PBC’s year. But we’re competitors and we want to win, so we’re rolling up our sleeves and we’re getting ready to give you an unbelievable six months, that’s the plan now.”
PBC handled the biggest fight of the year thus far back in April, when Baltimore star Gervonta Davis stopped Ryan Garcia in seven rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The same venue will play host to the long awaited undisputed welterweight world title clash between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford, one that also falls under the PBC banner and will be broadcast on Showtime Pay Per View.
Add to that the super middleweight bout between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant in March and a potential heavyweight barnstormer between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr, Matchroom have their work cut out for the rest of the year if they are to compete to the fight schedule put on by Al Haymon and co.
Whilst Matchroom’s rest-of-the-year schedule is expected to be announced in full soon, an Anthony Joshua bout in early August is expected to kick it off. So far, Hearn and the team can boast a stellar event in Dublin for Katie Taylor’s homecoming, as well as taking Canelo back to Mexico for a victory over John Ryder.