By Radio Rahim
In the month of April, there were back to back events at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Last week, the venue held a Showtime televised tripleheader, which featured Gervonta Davis and Jermall Charlo in separate title fights - and a crossroads main event between former world champions Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas.
And last night, Barclays held an HBO televised doubleheader with Brooklyn natives Jarrell Miller and Daniel Jacobs. Jacobs topped the card in a competitive fight against undefeated Maciej Sulecki.
The Broner-Vargas card packed in the house with an announced crowd of 13,964.
And a week later, the crowd for Jacobs-Sulecki was announced at 7,892.
Last night's card was the second promotional venture in the United States for British promoter Eddie Hearn - who several months ago started his Matchroom USA banner.
A lot of industry critics were very focused on the attendance drop-off between the back to back Brooklyn cards.
Many critics argue that Hearn's event, featuring two hometown fighters, should have sold just as many tickets, or even more, than a tripleheader which featured fighters from Ohio, Maryland, Texas and Las Vegas.
On the other hand, Hearn counters that Broner-Vargas was simply a much bigger fight - and the contest also had a well known supporting cast. The British promoter also states that Showtime's tripleheader, taking place one week prior, took some of the shine away from his card.
"I was reasonably happy with the attendance. It did half of last week. We did 7,000 and we did 6,000 at the NYCB [for Jacobs' last fight]. We're coming in a week after a really good card with Broner-Vargas - which is a much bigger fight than Jacobs-Sulecki, let's not kid ourselves. Charlo was on the card as well, Gervonta Davis was on the card as well," Hearn told BoxingScene.com.
"If I did Bellew-Haye at the O2 [in London] or another promoter did Bellew-Haye at the O2, and then I went a week after and I did 7,000 - I would be over the moon. People will try to put a focus and say 'oh Hearn didn't do very well on the gate.' No problem, we're learning. We had a great atmosphere tonight. It was a really good show. It was a real good win for Danny Jacobs."
Hearn has been boasting of a very big announcement in two weeks.
"The next move, in two weeks time, our new announcement, and then you're going to see massive fights and you're going to see sold-out arenas every time," Hearn said.
While there are many rumors going around regarding the announcement, some industry insiders expect Hearn to announce that Matchroom USA is opening a physical office, with an actual staff, in the United States - and they are going to start aggressively pursing new fighters to sign.