Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has never been short of ambition when it comes to promoting boxing. In a recent interview, Hearn has outlined what he thinks needs to happen in boxing for the sport to attract an even larger audience.
“For me, the only way I can get the sport to where I want it to be – and that’s as one of the major sports in the world – is to make the best fight the best consistently,” Hearn said in an interview with Mirror Fighting.
“The only way you’re going to do that is either have promoters work together or have a universal governing body that controls the sport and that’s my aim,” Hearn added.
“My aim is to be that individual – to be the UFC of boxing – and that is the only way I can see it getting to the level I want, but if it doesn’t happen, boxing is not dead, it’s not in a bad place.
“One way to do it is for nature to take its course and Covid-19 might speed that process up. By that I mean keep being successful and expanding the business to a point where you are unquestionably the market leader and no-one else is a player.”
Hearn is undoubtedly passionate about the sport; however, with names like Bob Arum and Al Haymon going strong, the Englishman is not the only promoter who has ideas on how boxing should be run.
Covid-19 has hit the sporting world hard, and it will be interesting to see how all the promotions stack up once things return to some level of normality.
Check out the full interview below.