Eddie Hearn has overcome his “silver spoon” reputation and is now “as big as boxing”, claims former Matchroom chief and the elite promoter's dad Barry Hearn.
Eddie is one of the biggest names in boxing, representing and driving the interests and statuses of the likes of Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez and Dillian Whyte. Alongside controversial ex-Youtuber and boxer Jake Paul, he also helped drive the historic clash between Katie Taylor and Amanda Cerrano, which was the first ever women’s bout headline Madison Square Garden.
Considering his elite status in the boxing world, it is very difficult to believe that many thought the hard task of succeeding Barry would give Eddie a hard time. However, Barry not only thinks his son has surpassed everything he himself achieved in the boxing world, he also feels Eddie is now one of the most important figures in boxing.
“If you look at the boxing scene today, certainly in the UK and maybe in the world, if you ask people to mention three names from boxing they would probably say Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn,” Barry said to JOE. “In America they’ll probably say Canelo Alvarez and a few others, but Eddie would probably be in the top five or six.
“That’s an amazing amount of notoriety in a ten year span. Eddie is not bigger than boxing, but he’s as big as boxing and as influential. He now has more power within the sport than I ever had, because of his few million people social media following.
“When he speaks, he has a platform that can actually affect a whole sport on his own. No other promoter in boxing has really had that.”
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As well as establishing Matchroom as one of the most important boxing promotion vehicles, Eddie was also handed the keys to the whole of the company after Barry retired last year. A second heart attack and a nasty bout of Coronavirus was enough to convince the snooker and darts supremo to pack it in and hand over control to his son.
And Barry believes Eddie has breezed through the many pressures of being his son to enforce himself as a key authority in sport as a whole. “Well first off, I have to say, I think he’s a lot better than me, which is nice for a Dad to say about his son,” Barry added.
“I’m not taking the mick, I mean the kid has had a troubled upbringing being my son. He’s got an act to follow, he’s in the shadow, he’s got a silver spoon kid reputation. How do you actually differentiate? Well he’s done that by hard work and by being creative.”
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