Matchroom Sport is a sport event promotions company led by the founder and owner English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and his son Eddie. It first came to attention in the sports of snooker and boxing and is also involved in pool, bowling, golf (see PGA EuroPro Tour), fishing, darts, ping pong, and poker. The company is based in Brentwood, Essex.
Recently, it also began sponsoring the football ground of English League One team Leyton Orient. Previously called Brisbane Road, it has now been renamed the Matchroom Stadium. Barry Hearn is Orient's Chairman.
After many years of snooker event management,[clarification needed] Matchroom Sport is currently the official sponsor of the annual WPA World Nine-ball Championship, the most prestigious professional tournament of its field. After having organised a similar but competing event for one year, the World Professional Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales, in July 1999, Matchroom merged its tournament with that of the World Pool-Billiard Association in 2000, and the joint event took the promotional name "World Pool Championship" (an ambiguous name, since there is also a yearly WPA World Eight-ball Championship held in the United Arab Emirates). The event stayed in Cardiff until 2003, with the 2004 and 2005 events taking place in Taiwan. The 2006 event was held in the Philippines. Despite the moves, the competition has remained very similar in format and staging throughout.
Matchroom's other prestigious pool event is the Mosconi Cup, held each December from 1994 onwards. The event is modelled on the Ryder Cup, and it pits a team of European players against a team from the US. From 2003, the event has alternated between European and American venues, having previous always been held in the UK.
The Mosconi Cup is notable for having evolved from an exhibition event in the early years, into a genuinely prestigious tournament. Early Mosconi Cup contests were characterised by a team of some of America’s most charismatic players taking on a European team of mainly British snooker players, in an attempt to promote nine-ball in the UK. More recent instances of the event have been fought in a much more serious manner, although the raucous crowd atmosphere has been retained, making it unique among cue sports competitions.
With a roster of the world's three major bowling events – the World Tenpin Masters, the Weber Cup and the AMF World Cup – Matchroom Sport has established a successful formula for presenting televised bowling. All three events are presented by broadcasters Nick Halling and Cass Edwards.
After the success of snooker in the 1980s, Matchroom Sport moved into boxing with two small hall shows followed by Frank Bruno v Joe Bugner at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground – the biggest boxing event of 1987. That launched the company into the boxing big-time, a position it has maintained ever since.
Through the 1990s Matchroom Sport’s boxing roster featured many of the biggest names in the sport including Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins and Naseem Hamed, all in world title fights and it continues to work with some of the biggest names in UK boxing including Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic Super-Heavyweight gold medallist.
Over the years, Matchroom Sport has built up long-standing relationships with broadcasters around the world and with the advent of the Prizefighter phenomenon, the company’s boxing division has never been in a stronger position.
From fantastic six round scraps between the sport’s journeymen, up to multi-million dollar World Championship contests featuring the above fighters, the Pro Box series has it all. Each show is packed with the very best in boxing action in a series that encompasses almost 25 years of Matchroom Sport’s commitment to bringing the highest quality to the global television market.
|Tony Bellew||English||Light Heavyweight||Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champion|
|Ricky Burns||Scottish||Lightweight||11-03-2013||WBO Lightweight World Champion|
|Scott Cardle||English||Lightweight||30-01-2012||Central Area Lightweight Champion|
|Anthony Crolla||English||Lightweight||17-09-2013||WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|Rocky Fielding||English||Super Middleweight||06-06-2012||Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champion|
|Carl Froch||English||Super Middleweight||04-03-2011||WBA Super Middleweight World Champion
IBF Super Middleweight World Champion
|Ricky Boylan||English||Light Welterweight||08/01/2014|
|Erick Ochieng||English||Light Middleweight||N/A|
|Scott Quigg||English||Super Bantamweight||12-06-2013||WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion|
|Brian Rose||English||Light Middleweight||24-01-2013||N/A|
|Lee Selby||Welsh||Featherweight||13-03-2013||British Featherweight Champion
Commonwealth Featherweight Champion
|Callum Smith||English||Super Middleweight||03-10-2012||English Super Middleweight Champion|
|Stephen Smith||English||Super Featherweight||10-10-2013||British Super Featherweight Champion|
|Robbie Davies Jnr||English||Light Welterweight||09-01-2014||N/A|
|Martin J. Ward||English||Lightweight||31-05-2012||N/A|
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