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Hearn Hunting For More TV Dates, Adding Lee Selby

By Terence Dooley

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn is on the hunt for even more Sky TV dates.  Matchroom have an exclusive deal with the subscription broadcaster, which currently stands at 20 shows per year, but with six of the dates earmarked for the Prizefighter format the current allocation doesn’t provide enough action for hard-core fans.  Hearn is now striving to add more dates to accommodate a stable of fighters that is growing by the day, and will be boosted by the addition of British and Commonwealth featherweight titlist Lee Selby at a press conference on Wednesday.

Selby, 14-1 (5), was engaged in talks with Hearn over the weekend, and the 26-year-old featured on a Matchroom card last month when beating former Martin Lindsay by unanimous decision.  Indeed, Hearn told Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian that a further 10 Sky dates would help him secure the services of even more fighters, including a few amateur stars.

“That would give me a chance to sign [some] of these others,” he said.  “I've got four five amateurs that I could sign, if we had the dates, and there are half a dozen existing champions who want to join who I'd love to sign, as well.  You can't sign them all.”

Further Sky shows would be a welcome boost for British boxing fans, who were short-changed when Sky only released 20 dates last year.  Sky’s recent ethos of bigger fights and stacked three-hour shows has been hit-and-miss, so 10 extra bills would be welcomed with open arms by boxing fans and would complement BoxNation’s domestic and greater International coverage.  It would also help ease the irony of Sky broadcasting a dedicated magazine show, Ringside, more often than they show live fights.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Taylorslade on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=mattr;13137330]I'm certain it would be Adam Smith getting spit roasted in that disgusting scenario you dreamt up. He looks like a "taker" to me. :)[/QUOTE] Well I predict Nelson to win that one by late stoppage, due to Smith suffering…

Comment by mattr on 03-12-2013

I'm certain it would be Adam Smith getting spit roasted in that disgusting scenario you dreamt up. He looks like a "taker" to me. :)

Comment by Taylorslade on 03-12-2013

Its funny that Sky are always banging the drum over fights not getting made due to tensions with promoters, yet they really put a spanner in the works by giving Matchroom that massive deal and effectively cutting everyone else off…

Comment by mattr on 03-12-2013

Sky's current schedule looks pretty pathetic. I realise we are in a poor economy but still, WTF! People (myself included) give Frank warren plenty of stick but if it wasn't for BoxNation boxing coverage in the UK really would be…

Comment by springfiels on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;13136853]give Hearn 25 and allocate 5 more for shows by other promoters (like Hatton) that sky deem worthy of being broadcast[/QUOTE] This is exactly what they should do. Im a fan of Matchroom and the life they're breathing into the…

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