Eddie Hearn Reveals His Top Four Events and ‘The Single Greatest Sporting Event’ He Has Ever Promoted.

Published 01/03/2022, 11:18 AM EST
Eddie Hearn during the press conference at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)


Eddie Hearn and his company DAZN are one of the biggest names in boxing. Hearn is a spokesperson for the US-based OTP sports subscription service DAZN and is also a promoter. From Canelo Alvarez to Katie Taylor, Eddie Hearn has some of boxing’s biggest names under him.

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In a video for Boxing Social, they asked Eddie Hearn what is the best event he has ever promoted. “The best event that I’ve ever promoted. There’s three that would stand out. One is Joshua Klitschko at Wembley in front of 90,000. Actually there’s 4 that stands out.”

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“One is Joshua Usyk actually. Because coming through the pandemic at Spurs, incredible stadium. The other one was the Joshua Ruiz fight, MSG. Because it was a night no one will ever forget. And the other one was breaking the world record, well, the American record for the biggest ever boxing attendance for Canelo against Billy Joe Saunders.”

Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk go head to head during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“But I think Joshua vs Klitschko is the one where people come up to me and say, ‘That was the single greatest sporting event I’ve ever been to.’Forget Ryder cups, forget Wimbledon, forget Formula One Grand Prix’s.’ That was the best experience. So I go with that one,” Hearn said.

Relive Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko 

Back in 2017, a 27-year-old Anthony Joshua took on a 41-year-old former unified heavyweight champion of the world. Although Klitschko was past his prime, he was still one of the most technically sound fighters in the division and was a genuine threat to anyone in the heavyweight division.

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Joshua went into the fight as the underdog and put his IBF title on the line against one of the greatest heavyweight champions the boxing world has seen. The fight delivered to the hype as a record-breaking crowd of 90,000 people filled the Wembley Stadium to watch Britain’s boxing gem take on ‘Dr. Steelhammer’.

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From the very start, Klitschko set up his jab and controlled the fight. His piston-like jabs and his movement were too much for the less experienced Briton. Then in the fifth round, ‘AJ’ made use of his youth, speed, and power, unloading a barrage of punches that dropped ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ to the floor.

But just like the terminator, he rose back up and showed he was far from done in this fight. In the fifth round, Klitschko caught ‘AJ’ with his booming right hand, staggering the young champion. From then on, the fight was like a see-saw, swinging toward both fighters round after round, with no clear winner.

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A sense of urgency got into Joshua as he went into the longest fight of his career up to that point. In the 11th round, he came out firing on all cylinders and caught Klitschko with a searing right hand that was the beginning of the end for his Russian opponent. Joshua finished Klitschko off in the 11th round as the crowd burst out in celebration to crown a British King.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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