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Matchroom Sport is a sporting event promotions company founded by English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and run by Hearn and his son Eddie Hearn. It first came to attention in the sports of snooker and boxing and is also involved in pool, bowling, golf, fishing, darts, table tennis, poker and gymnastics. The company is based in Brentwood, Essex.[1] Matchroom has a comprehensive broadcasting agreement in the United Kingdom with Sky Sports as well as both the BBC and ITV.[1]

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History

Matchroom formed in 1982 concentrating on snooker management with the likes of Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, and Jimmy White under contract before branching out into other sports with Hearn’s first foray into boxing promotion being Frank Bruno vs. Joe Bugner heavyweight clash in 1987 in front of 35,000 people at Tottenham Hotspur Football Ground.

After ten years, Matchroom Sport TV became publicly traded, with the company starting to move in the direction of event ownership, promotion, and television. The vast range of sports increased with the Mosconi Cup, an event which has become the biggest in pool as the Europe and USA go head to head in the richest event of the 9-ball pool calendar.

Matchroom Sport also promote the World Cup of Pool, a national team scotch doubles event, and the World Pool Masters, an annual nine-ball event.[2]

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 staged in a much more serious manner, although the raucous crowd atmosphere has been retained, making it unique among cue sports competitions.

Over the years, Matchroom’s portfolio under Hearn grew dramatically, taking a majority stake in the Professional Darts Corporation in 2001, helping oversee a boom in a sport which has seen arenas filled worldwide and some of the highest viewing figures in sport to match it. Prize funds increasing from £500,000 in 2001 to now around the £15 million mark a season.

In the same year, Hearn formed the PGA EuroPro Tour, the UK’s leading developmental golf tour in association with the PGA. Later in the 2000s came ten pin bowling’s premier occasion, the Weber Cup.

In 2009, Barry Hearn became the majority shareholder in World Snooker Tour Ltd. Since then the sport has grown, with prize money increased and new events introduced worldwide.

More recently, Matchroom has launched the World Championship of Ping Pong, Superstars of Gymnastics, British Basketball All-Stars, and British Fast5 Netball All-Stars.

In April 2021, Barry Hearn stepped down as Chairman with his son Eddie taking over the role. Barry will continue as President in a advisory role, while his son takes on the role as head of PGA EuroPro tour alongside overseeing Matchroom's wider operations and continuing to head the Boxing division.[3]

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Boxing

Current stable

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Boxer Nationality Weight Signed Title
Nikita Ababiy American Middleweight 17 July 2018
Murodjon Akhmadaliev Uzbekistan Bantamweight 25 April 2019
Demetrius Andrade American Middleweight 17 July 2018 WBO middleweight champion
Qais Ashfaq English Bantamweight 1 February 2018
Martin Bakole Congolese Heavyweight 10 July 2019
Zelfa Barrett English Super-featherweight March 2020 Commonwealth super-featherweight champion
Reece Bellotti English Featherweight 30 June 2015
Conor Benn English Welterweight 30 March 2016
Chris Billam-Smith English Cruiserweight Commonwealth cruiserweight champion
Dmitry Bivol Russian Light-heavyweight 15 January 2019 WBA light-heavyweight champion
Arthur Biyarslanov Canadian Light-welterweight 29 March 2019
Cecilia Brækhus Norwegian Welterweight 22 October 2019
Kell Brook English Light-middleweight 8 April 2011
Joshua Buatsi English Light-heavyweight 5 June 2017
Ricky Burns Scottish Lightweight 11 March 2013
Chantelle Cameron English Light-welterweight WBC female light-welterweight champion
Luke Campbell English Lightweight 23 April 2013
Felix Cash English Middleweight 11 May 2016 Commonwealth middleweight champion
Marc Castro American Featherweight
Ted Cheeseman English Light-middleweight 9 April 2015 British light-middleweight champion
Souleymane Cissokho French Light-middleweight
Kieron Conway English Light-middleweight 12 July 2019
Joe Cordina Welsh Lightweight 1 February 2017 British lightweight champion
Shannon Courtenay English Super-featherweight
Robbie Davies Jr English Light-welterweight
John Docherty Scottish Super-middleweight 11 July 2018
Sam Eggington English Light-middleweight 1 October 2014
Alexis Espino American Middleweight 28 October 2018
Juan Francisco Estrada Mexican Super-flyweight 28 June 2019 WBA (Super) and The Ring super-flyweight champion
Tevin Farmer American Super-featherweight 23 August 2018
Ukashir Farooq English Bantamweight
Aqib Fiaz English Lightweight
Rocky Fielding English Super-middleweight 6 June 2012
Scott Fitzgerald English Light-middleweight 21 September 2015 British light-middleweight champion
Raymond Ford American Super-featherweight
Anthony Fowler English Light-middleweight 20 April 2017
Charles Frankham English Featherweight 14 January 2019
Hughie Fury English Heavyweight 26 July 2019
Kid Galahad English Featherweight
Jordan Gill English Featherweight 29 October 2018
Shakhram Giyasov Uzbekistan Welterweight 25 April 2019
Devin Haney American Lightweight 25 April 2019 WBC lightweight champion
Terri Harper English Super-featherweight 24 September 2019 WBC, and IBO female super-featherweight champion
John Hedges English Super-middleweight
Filip Hrgović Croatian Heavyweight 14 February 2019
Daniel Jacobs American Middleweight 23 September 2017
Callum Johnson Scottish Light-heavyweight 30 June 2015
Natasha Jonas English Lightweight 20 June 2017
Otha Jones III American Welterweight 16 January 2019
Anthony Joshua English Heavyweight 24 July 2013 WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion
Josh Kelly English Welterweight 8 February 2017
Israil Madrimov Uzbekistan Light-middleweight 7 March 2019
Magomedrasul Majidov Uzbekistan Heavyweight 10 September 2019
Florian Marku Albanian Welterweight 27 November 2020
Savannah Marshall English Super-middleweight 1 August 2019
Julio Cesar Martinez Mexican Flyweight 11 October 2019 WBC flyweight champion
Reshat Mati American Lightweight 17 July 2018
Lawrence Okolie English Cruiserweight 18 January 2017 WBO cruiserweight champion
Diego Pacheco American Middleweight 5 October 2018
Joseph Parker New Zealander Heavyweight 31 May 2019
Hopey Price English Super-bantamweight 11 October 2018
Craig Richards English Light-heavyweight
Lewis Ritson English Light-welterweight 10 October 2017
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Thai Super-flyweight 30 January 2019
John Ryder English Super-middleweight
Billy Joe Saunders English Super-middleweight 13 August 2019 WBO super-middleweight champion
Ellie Scotney English Featherweight
Lee Selby Welsh Lightweight
Amanda Serrano Puerto Rican Featherweight 28 October 2018 WBO and WBC interim female champion
Callum Smith English Super-middleweight 3 October 2012
Dalton Smith English Light-welterweight 21 March 2019
Liam Smith English Light-middleweight 9 January 2019
Katie Taylor Irish Lightweight 27 October 2016 WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight champion
James Tennyson Northern Irish Lightweight
Oleksandr Usyk Ukrainian Heavyweight 7 September 2018
Jessie Vargas American Light-middleweight 17 July 2018
Josh Warrington English Featherweight February 2020
Martin Joseph Ward English Super-featherweight 31 May 2012
Fabio Wardley English Heavyweight
Dillian Whyte English Heavyweight 20 May 2016
Thomas Whittaker Hart English Light-heavyweight
Austin Williams American Middleweight 26 February 2019
Gamal Yafai English Super-bantamweight
Khalid Yafai English Super-flyweight 14 May 2012
Daniyar Yeleussinov Kazakhstani Welterweight 5 March 2018
Zhang Zhilei Chinese Heavyweight

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References

  1. ^ "Companies beginning with 'ma'". CheckSure.biz. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire: ROIsure Digital. 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  2. ^ "World Pool Masters Archives - Matchroom Pool". Matchroom Pool. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/56808972
  4. ^ "Boxers Archive - Matchroom Boxing". Matchroom Boxing.

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