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Hearn Confident Boxing Recovers, Not Sure Every Promoter Will

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has cancelled nearly every boxing event, around the world, for March and April. And numerous events are starting to get postponed in the month of May.

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has been forced to cancel several planned events in multiple countries.

At the moment there is no concrete timeline on when live events with mass gatherings will be allowed to move forward. There are different restrictions from country to country.

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The removal of live events could eventually become a monetary death sentence to some promoters, who depend on the money generated from live gates and broadcast rights.

When live sporting events are finally given the green light to resume, Hearn is not sure that every promoter will be able to survive the downtime.

'"If you don't run a sustainable business very quickly this is going to unfold on you like a ton of bricks," Hearn told BBC Radio.

"Things have gathered momentum and it's been changing to worrying about your business to worrying about your family - that's when the other stuff plays second fiddle. You realise the severity of this and it's about life and death rather than just running a business.

"It's heartbreaking to see every sport suffer and some sports will never recover, some businesses will never recover but more importantly some people will never recover. When that's an issue everything stops and everything becomes insignificant. We will beat this, we must do as we're told but there will still be a future for this country, this sport and this economy."

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Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 03-31-2020

I like Eddie Hearn.. it’s actually very refreshing to see a young promoter in the game. Bob arum, king, and those guys need to go now. I like Eddie Hearn and Oscar as promoters. They try to put on way…

Comment by Monty Fisto on 03-31-2020

His comments are much broader than talking about boxing, or even sport. Some industries will be fine, some will bounce back, some are going to be ravaged. Life may start to look a lot more like normal in six months,…

Comment by Kezzer on 03-30-2020

As quite often on here now a days, unfortunately the headline is a click bait. Read the context and his message comes across very realistic and sincere. In fact listen to the actual interview would be my advice

Comment by Oldskoolg on 03-30-2020

[QUOTE=VislorTurlough;20487719]Thanks for your perspective Eddie. You top the list[/QUOTE] I was about to say.....if ever there was a promoter who lives off the live gate revenue it’s little Edward......notice his fans are always mentioning selling out stadiums?

Comment by theface07 on 03-30-2020

How any of the major promoters won't survive is beyond me. Top Rank and Golden Boy are loaded with cash, as is Matchroom. He should've said that other promoters may not be able to buy a new boat and a…

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