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Rumour - Hearn makes first DAZN signing?

Russian Light-heavyweight champion the first to put pen to paper?

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Since announcing a partnership with fledgeling streaming service DAZN on May 10th. Matchroom's Eddie Hearn has been the busiest man in boxing. The deal, which I'm sure you all know by now is an eight-year deal worth a staggering $1bn dollars which will see Hearn putting on 16 cards in the US. US viewers will also be able to see the sixteen Sky Sports and eight NXTGEN shows every year.

After dropping that bombshell on the boxing world, and making a huge statement of intent. Eddie Hearn has set about courting boxing's hottest free agents such as Adrien Broner, Mikey Garcia, The Charlo brothers and Julio Cesar Jr with the goal of producing the most talent-rich stable in the sport.

But he certainly hasn't had it his own way. The issue with making public just how deep his pockets now are, which are deeper than his rival US TV Networks is that fighters are holding out for a bigger slice of the pie. Broner described his three-fight $7 million dollar fight offer as a 'slave deal', Robert Garcia, brother and trainer too said it was a great offer, but that Garcia could make more in his next fight. Is this a case of fighters embellishing the truth for more money? Most likely, but as of yet Hearn has yet to sign a marquee name.

That is until now ... 

Eddie Hearn is said to have signed one of, if not THE brightest prospect in the sport in WBA light-heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11KO).

The 27-year-old Russian talent has made it a mission to conquer the 175-pound division and will face Isaac Chilemba on the 4th August at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. After that, it is expected you will see Bivol on what is being described as the 'Netflix of sports'.

Hearn is slated to put on his first card on the 22nd September in the US but has yet to make any concrete headway in filling that card. Daniel Jacobs is free from his three-fight HBO deal soon and will join DAZN post-contract, and with the addition of Bivol AND a decision expected imminently from the Charlo's things are already looking up for Matchroom USA.