Real Reason Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Is Suing Boxxer and Sky Sports for $9.7 Million Lost Profits

Published 01/20/2024, 12:33 AM EST

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Ahead of Joshua Buatsi vs. Dan Azeez with the BBBofC British Light-Heavyweight and Commonwealth Boxing Council Light-Heavyweight titles on the line, Eddie Hearn‘s Matchroom filed a lawsuit against Boxxer and Sky UK over Buatsi. Although Buatsi made his pro debut with Matchroom in 2017, the boxer left Eddie Hearn last year to join Boxxer.

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The move did not please Matchroom and they accused Boxxer and Sky UK of wrongly persuading Buatsi to leave Hearn. In addition, Matchroom has claimed that they have lost almost $10 million with Joshua joining Boxxer. Well, here is all you need to know about the case being fought in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

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After Light-Heavyweight boxer Joshua Buatsi won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics, Matchroom signed the boxer in 2017. As per Eddie Hearn, Matchroom saw “outstanding talent” in Buatsi and subsequently wanted him on their “major shows“. In this context, Hearn even promised Matchroom would push Buatsi to the top. Meanwhile, claiming boxing was everything to him, Buatsi believed he made “the right move” by signing a contract with Matchroom.

But, in 2023, following a $4.2 million bid, Joshua signed a long-term contract with Boxxer and left Matchroom. Following this incident, Matchroom is now claiming they had made a similar offer to Buatsi in January. Although they promised him a world title fight and four bouts in a year and a half, Joshua’s lawyer favored Boxxer and Sky and successfully persuaded Buatsi to leave Hearn’s Matchroom. As a result, Matchroom has now filed a lawsuit against Boxxer and Sky UK, demanding $9.7 Million in lost profits.

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In this context, while the case is going on, it is worth noticing what Buatsi had branded exposure as his primary reason for leaving Matchroom in 2023.

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Buatsi claimed he prioritized national television over DAZN app

While Matchroom fights are streamed on the DAZN app, given a partnership with Sky Sports, Boxxer matches are telecast on national television. As per Buatsi’s statements, he left Matchroom because he wanted people to watch his fights on national television. Likewise, speaking to the media, after he signed with Boxxer, the Light-Heavyweight prospect said, “I’m not going to tell you to download an app and type in your email and bank details.

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In addition, he proudly branded Sky Sports the “biggest platform for sports fans“. Given this argument, it is safe to conclude that Buatsi prioritized national television over the DAZN app. Anyway, do you think he made the right move by shifting to Boxxer? Also, what do you think of Matchroom demanding $9.7 Million in lost profits? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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