Eddie Hearn Announces $1 Billion US Streaming Deal With Perform Group

Eddie Hearn

The historic eight-year $1billion deal will see the joint venture, Matchroom Boxing USA, stage 16 fights a year featuring some of the sport's biggest stars at the best venues across America. This will be a platform built by fans for fans from the fights, to the production and presentation team to the build-up'. "As we looked to boxing, we realized the USA market was really unusual".

In her last IBF title fight in April against Argentina's Victoria Bustos, Taylor featured for only seconds on the US HBO network, although the bout was broadcast live by Sky sports.

Hearn and his father, Barry, will meet with Ralph Rimmer, the Rugby Football League's interim chief executive, to look more closely into rugby league's "internal structure" amid ongoing speculation that they could attempt to revitalise the sport. "It's a better deal for everyone - especially fight fans".

When in 2016 Perform launched DAZN in Japan, it did so by buying up rights as fast as it could.

DAZN, who are hoping to emerge as "the Netflix of sport", already operate in Canada, Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland but they have huge plans to take over America.

"This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing", said Hearn "Since our expansion to the United States, we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level".

His promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I met with Anthony and his coach Rob McCracken on Tuesday to discuss our next move".

Sky Sports head of boxing Adam Smith said: "The new deal is hugely exciting and offers customers an even bigger schedule of boxing".

Thursday's event was organized to tout the financial investment that would help Hearn attract boxers and make a statement.

"America - we have well and truly arrived, let the fun begin!"

Other notable fighters include former welterweight champion Amir Khan, Tony Bellew, Dillian Whyte, Kell Brook and more but Hearn is now looking to create an 30-man American stable including some of the biggest names in the sport, particularly ones without a promoter.

'I've never met a platform like these guys who understand the landscape of boxing to the point that it's a bit like the (Anthony) Joshua - it's not a deal based on Anthony Joshua, of course they want Anthony Joshua. Since our expansion to the U.S., we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level.

Hearn said the reason he wanted to unveil the plans now even though DAZN hasn't yet formally announced its arrival in the US and the boxing won't begin until September is because "I'm talking to all these fighters".

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