‘It could be big news for us’: Eddie Hearn hopes successful snooker ‘test run’ world championships can pave the way for 2,000 boxing fans to return for Anthony Joshua’s next game … with October fight on the map
- Eddie Hearn hopes boxing fans can return to see Anthony Joshua’s next game
- Matchroom brings fans back for world snooker as a boxing test run
- Hearn says a successful trial can convince the British government
- He hopes to have Joshua fight for 2,000 fans in the O2 Arena in October
The sports promotion family Hearn expects to use the upcoming world snooker championships as a testing event to return fans to the boxing arenas in time for Anthony Joshua’s next fight.
Found under the auspices of Matchroom Barry Hearn, The Crucible in Sheffield has 350 spectators for the biggest event on the green sheet.
Hearn’s son Eddie hopes a successful trial will get government approval there for Joshua to defend his heavyweight world titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in October for at least 2,000 fans in London, perhaps at the O2.
Eddie Hearn hopes fans can return to watch Anthony Joshua’s next game
Hearn organizes fights at his Matchroom headquarters, but wants fans to attend AJ’s next fight
“The prime minister’s suggestion that a certain number of supporters may come back in the fall may be big news to us,” said Hearn the younger.
He also plans to sell out winter nights on the O2 for other big heavyweight fights with Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin, Olexsandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora.
Frank Warren also hopes to draw a large crowd to the O2 for the big British heavyweight title fight between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce in late October.
A series of major clashes between the Hearns great men plus Tyson Fury’s world title trilogy with Deontay Wilder in late December should lead the Gypsy King and AJ to contest all belts over two super battles next year.
Photos of Fury and Joshua bumping into each other this weekend in Marbella fueled public hunger for their highly anticipated get together.
Hearn hopes that a successful world snooker tournament can pave the way for fans to return
“That was a complete accident,” says Hearn. “Not set up by me or anyone else. They laughed and warned each other not to lose their intermediate battles. ‘
While their massive fights would drive hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales and pay-per-view TV, Eddie Hearn warns that the impact of the corona virus, including boxing and soccer behind closed doors, has ended the lot of money free for most prize fighters.
He says, “It has been a huge time for everyone for a few years, with the egos of our promoters carrying purses for boxers above their market value. The lockdown events are costing us millions and we don’t yet know how big the hunger will be when the audience returns to our shows when the doors open.
Only the big battles with big personalities will continue to justify huge purses. Not a problem for them. Hearn spoke during a zoom media call to Sam Eggington and Ted Cheeseman, among others, who played the lead roles in the first of his series of closed-door shows staged in the garden of Matchroom headquarters in Essex.
Joshua must then fight the mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, with the 02 Arena as the host
Those two contest Eggington’s IBF international super welterweight title on August 1, with Cheeseman pledging to come back from a year of trouble, including £ 1 million of gambling losses, to revive his career with a surprising win.
That will be shown on Sky Sports, which asks Hearn to take out the artificial audience nurse they stick in Premier League football.
Hearn says, “I don’t think that works for boxing. I would like us to raise the ring microphones so that viewers can hear the sound of the landing bumps, the screams and the instructions from the corner men.
“That would provide fascinating insight. Sky is a little concerned about swearing, but while that could be a problem, I think it would even add a raw, real edge to the atmosphere. ‘
Eggington v Cheeseman will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on the night of August 1.