Matchroom Sport

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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 and as of late 2016 gymnastics. The company is based in Brentwood, Essex.[1]

Recently, it also began sponsoring the football ground of English League Two team Leyton Orient. Previously called Brisbane Road, it has now been renamed the Matchroom Stadium. Barry Hearn is Orient's Chairman.

Cue sports[edit]

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.


Ten-pin bowling[edit]

Matchroom has been involved in a revival of the sport of ten-pin bowling which has given the sport a renewed international pop-culture interest.

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.

Matchroom Sport offers free tickets to the World Tenpin Masters. They are also distributed by the British Tenpin Bowling Association for free.[clarification needed]


Current Stable[edit]

Boxer Nationality Weight Signed Title
Jake Ball England English Light Heavyweight 30-06-2015
Tony Bellew England English Heavyweight
Reece Bellotti England English Featherweight 30-06-2015
Conor Benn England English Welterweight 30-03-2016
Kell Brook England English Welterweight 08-04-2011
Joshua Buatsi England English Light Heavyweight 05-06-2017
Frank Buglioni England English Light Heavyweight 21-02-2017 British Light Heavyweight Champion
Ricky Burns Scotland Scottish Light Welterweight 11-03-2013
Ryan Burnett Northern Ireland Northern Irish Bantamweight 24-10-2015 IBF Bantamweight Champion
Hosea Burton England English Light Heavyweight
Luke Campbell England English Lightweight 23-04-2013
Scott Cardle Scotland Scottish Lightweight 30-01-2012
Isaac Chamberlain England English Cruiserweight
Nathan Cleverly Wales Welsh Light Heavyweight 27-03-2014 WBA (Regular) Light Heavyweight
Ted Cheeseman England English Welterweight 09-04-2015
Joe Cordina Wales Welsh Super Featherweight 01-02-2017
Jamie Cox England English Super Middleweight 22-04-2017
Tommy Coyle England English Light Welterweight 27-11-2013
Anthony Crolla England English Lightweight 17-09-2013
Ohara Davies England English Light Welterweight
James DeGale England English Super Middleweight 10-04-2014 IBF Super Middleweight Champion
Danny Dignum England English Super Middleweight
Charlie Edwards England English Super Flyweight 03-12-2014 British Super Flyweight Champion
Sam Eggington England English Welterweight 01-10-2014 European Welterweight Champion
Rocky Fielding England English Super Middleweight 06-06-2012 British Super Middleweight Champion
Scott Fitzgerald England English Light Middleweight 21-09-2015
Anthony Fowler England English Light Middleweight 20-04-2017
Frankie Gavin England English Welterweight 27-01-2015
Stuart Hall England English Bantamweight
Julius Indongo Namibia Namibian Light Welterweight 15-04-2017 IBF & WBA Light Welterweight Champion
Callum Johnson Scotland Scottish Light Heavyweight 30-06-2015
Natasha Jonas England English Lightweight 20-06-2017
Anthony Joshua England English Heavyweight 24-07-2013 IBF & WBA (Super) Heavyweight Champion
Josh Kelly England English Welterweight 08-02-2017
Gavin McDonnell England English Super Bantamweight
Jamie McDonnell England English Bantamweight WBA (Regular) Bantamweight Champion
Sean McGoldrick Wales Welsh Super Bantamweight 10-03-2017
Marcus Morrison England English Middleweight 30-06-2015
Martin Murray England English Middleweight 05-06-2015
Lawrence Okolie England English Cruiserweight 18-01-2017
Mike Perez Cuba Cuban Cruiserweight 10-06-2017
Scott Quigg England English Featherweight 12-06-2013
Craig Richards England English Super Middleweight
Brian Rose England English Light Middleweight 24-01-2013
John Ryder England English Super Middleweight
Callum Smith England English Super Middleweight 03-10-2012
Stephen Smith England English Super Featherweight 10-10-2013
Paul Smith England English Super Middleweight
Katie Taylor Republic of Ireland Irish Lightweight 27-10-2016
Martin Joseph Ward England English Super Featherweight 31-05-2012 British Super Featherweight Champion
Dillian Whyte England English Heavyweight 20-05-2016
Gamal Yafai England English Super Bantamweight
Khalid Yafai England English Super Flyweight 14-05-2012 WBA Super Flyweight Champion


  1. ^ "Companies beginning with 'ma'". Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire: ROIsure Digital. 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.

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