Did Eddie Hearn Ever Fight in the Ring?

Published 01/22/2021, 5:08 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Anthony Joshua of England poses with Promoter Eddie Hearn following his WBC International Heavyweight bout against Kevin Johnson of The USA at The O2 Arena on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)


Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has been spearheading the Matchroom unit since taking over as the CEO a few years back. He has unveiled umpteen big fights in his tenure and will continue to do so in the coming days.

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However, not everyone knows that Eddie Hearn also has experience of being inside the squared-circle as a boxer. While he has always contributed to the sport from outside the ring, Hearn was once a boxer himself and was nicknamed ‘Hitman’.

It might seem bizarre for the boxing fans to imagine Eddie Hearn lacing up the boxing gloves. However, the Matchroom CEO claims to have had a couple of amateur fights. In an interaction with the ES News, Hearn revealed the news.

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“My friends used to call me that. Because you guys, Americans might need to know, I did have a couple of amateur bouts, I was absolutely terrible. My friends used to call me ‘Hitman Hearn’… Don’t worry about calling me ‘Hitman’. Eddie Hearn is fine,” said Hearn.

A few years back, Hearn also gave a glimpse of his sparring skills from his office. Boots on, the Matchroom CEO laced up his boxing gloves while he was in his coat. But, he didn’t hesitate to spar with John Smith and flexed his abilities. By the end, Hearn took out Smith with a brutal body shot.

Eddie Hearn- What’s next for Matchroom?

Following a successful 2020, Matchroom has even bigger plans for 2021. They have already signed a 2-fight contract with P4P King Canelo Alvarez and have a big schedule ahead. Following COVID-19 restrictions, boxing is banned in the UK for January.

But, Matchroom will begin the trail from February 13 with an event headlined by Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara. Following this, there will be three more events in February, including Canelo vs Yildirim for the unified super-middleweight titles on February 27.

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After that, Devin Haney is also a prime prospect of Matchroom who needs to be staged against a relevant contender. So, Eddie Hearn and his team will have a busy year ahead with some lucrative deals on their way.

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Do you think Matchroom will benefit a lot from their current schedule?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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