Feature | Nov 02 2018

On Matchroom and trying to take over the world

'We want to establish the Matchroom Boxing brand in the same way as UFC.' Eddie Hearn details the plan for global domination. Matt Christie continues the big interview
Eddie Hearn
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IT must be difficult to juggle your time between DAZN in the USA and Sky Sports in the UK. Can you say you are putting as much effort into the UK shows now as you were two years ago?

Yes. When you’re trying to establish a global business you can’t be a one-trick pony. In answer to your question, I don’t believe our UK shows will suffer. But will some of my focus be taken off the UK shows? 100 per cent. But that’s just life. That’s why you build a good team of people. To make sure you delegate and they do the job, and as long as they don’t affect the quality of the show, that’s fine. When you’ve got 100 per cent of the focus on the UK business and then 20 or 30 per cent of your focus goes to the US, of course, that’s just natural. But that’s why we bring in a team. We’ve expanded the team, we’ve probably got 30 employees now in our global boxing business set-up.

Compared to what when you started?