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Eddie Hearn

Here to stay

By Jamil Parker   - @intuboxing

At first glance, he looks like a movie star doing a press run for the summer's next big romantic
comedy. 6ft 5, good looking and the ability to talk a cat from off a fish truck. Eddie Hearn checks
all the boxes you would want in a promoter. Along with an impressive lineage in the sport, he
provides a fresh take on the pugilistic science and how it should be marketed.

Hearn is constantly visible. Whether it's an interview or press conference, he is never at a loss for
words. He is definitely the most accessible promoter in the sport and a walking headline.

The TV show, Prizefighter, was Hearn’s first splash into the sport. A 3-round tournament, which
featured heavyweights during its inaugural season became an instant hit in the UK.
Following the success of the TV show, Barry Hearn the founder of Matchroom Sport acquiesced
the boxing department to his son Eddie and from that moment Matchroom boxing has ascended
to the forefront of the boxing world.

Now partnered with streaming titan DAZN, Hearn has the U.S firmly set in his sights. Critics
seem to think he doesn't understand the American market well enough to duplicate the success he
has had across the pond. I, for the most part, have been one of his biggest detractors. One reason
being is his inability to get Joshua vs Wilder signed. While he presented good intentions to the
media, the 15 million flat offer showed that not to be the case.

My criticisms aside, it’s hard to deny Eddie is boxing's next big thing. With a billion dollars from
DAZN at his disposal and the sport’s biggest fight in his midst, it's safe to say he isn’t here to
just stay. He is here to lead pugilism into the future.