Feature | Jun 20 2017

‘UK boxing rivals the United States as the premier destination to make money in this business’

Kathy Duva compares UK boxing to the US market, writes John Dennen
UK boxing
Anthony-Joshua  |  Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom

2017 has been a banner year for British boxing, the headline attraction being Anthony Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium. The vibrant health of the sport in the UK has caught the attention of American promoters.

Speaking to Boxing News, Kathy Duva, head of Main Events promotions, said, “It was fantastic. That’s what the heavyweight title should be and it’s been so long since it’s been that way. The Hearns have done an amazing job with him and the sport in the UK.”

There is an envy of the British scene and the perception that it is starting to rival the USA. “What they have done in the UK where they’ve got one market and got the TV station, they’ve taken it and they done so much with it. Made the UK competing with the United States as the premier destination to make money in this business. That spectacle, the stadium and all that, it was tremendous. It was fun to watch on TV. It must have been amazing to be there,” Duva said. “I wish we were in one homogeneous market where we could do that here. We are in 50 markets and it’s a much trickier path to get to that.”