Eddie Hearn

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Eddie Hearn
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Hearn in 2015
Born
Edward John Hearn

(1979-06-08) 8 June 1979 (age 40)
EducationBrentwood School
Havering Sixth Form College
Known forSports promotion
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
TitleGroup managing director of Matchroom Sport
Spouse(s)Chloe Hearn[1]
Children2[2]
Parent(s)Barry Hearn
Susan Hearn
Websitewww.matchroomboxing.com

Edward John Hearn (born 8 June 1979) is an English sports promoter. He is a group managing director of Matchroom Sport, and is a director of the Professional Darts Corporation.[3]

Education[edit]

Hearn was a student at Brentwood School, Essex. He failed to make it into sixth form at Brentwood School as he flunked his GCSEs. Hearn played cricket and football at a decent level, and his father Barry petitioned the school to let him to stay on for his sporting record, but the school refused. Eddie said, "I grew up thinking I was a hard nut, and in Brentwood School I was. Anywhere else I was a pansy." He then went to Havering Sixth Form College in Romford, which was less selective. His mother Susan cried after dropping him off for the first day. Barry encouraged Eddie to study by promising him £1,000 for a C or better grade in his A-level subjects, which were media studies, physical education and business studies. Eddie achieved 2 Cs and 1 A.[4]

Boxing promoter[edit]

Matchroom Sport was founded by his father, Barry Hearn. As group managing director, Eddie Hearn focuses on Matchroom Boxing and fulfilling the company's exclusive televised boxing deal with UK Broadcaster Sky Sports, to broadcast up to 20 shows a year.[5].

In May 2018, Hearn revealed boxing's first $1 billion boxing deal (£750 million) as Matchroom and streaming service DAZN signed an agreement to stream shows across America. At the heart of the deal, Hearn and Matchroom Boxing will stage 16 shows in America, which will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in the U.S., while 16 of his UK shows will also be shown on the platform.

Hearn has promoted some large events in recent times, including Joshua vs. Klitshcko at Wembley Stadium, which saw 90,000 in attendance and has been named one of the biggest fights in boxing history. Matchroom Boxing have put on many big nights and PPV events in the UK with many in attendance shown by their UK broadcaster Sky Sports.

Hearn promotes and has promoted many world champions and highly ranked fighters since joining Matchroom Sport, including Anthony Joshua,[6] Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Oleksandr Usyk, Ryan Burnett, Khalid Yafai, Artur Beterbiev, Dillian Whyte, Luke Campbell, Danny Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders, Tony Bellew, Callum Smith, Demetrius Andrade, Joseph Parker, Tevin Farmer, Maurice Hooker, Katie Taylor, Rocky Fielding, Joshua Buatsi, Hughie Fury and others.

In 2019, Hearn signed co-promotional deals with Gennady Golovkin and Devin Haney, with their fights to be aired on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the UK. He also agreed a deal to promote a professional boxing match between the YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul, which took place on 9 November 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Hearn lives in Billericay in Essex with his wife Chloe and their two daughters Sophia and Isabella.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Interview by Danny (2019-07-21). "A Life in the Day: Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn".
  2. ^ Scott, Interview by Danny (2019-07-21). "A Life in the Day: Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn".
  3. ^ "Matchroom Sport Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 2011-05-10.
  4. ^ Davies, Gareth A. (2019-04-20). "Eddie Hearn interview: 'I grew up thinking I was a hard nut, but I was a pansy'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  5. ^ "Sky Sports and Matchroom extend their exclusive boxing deal to 2021". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ Hamilton, Matt. "List of Matchroom Boxers". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ Scott, Interview by Danny (2019-07-21). "A Life in the Day: boxing promoter Eddie Hearn". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-10-11.

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