Matchroom Sport

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Matchroom Sport is a sport event promotions company led by the founder and owner English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and his son Eddie Hearn. It first came to attention in the sports of snooker and boxing and is also involved in pool, bowling, golf (see PGA EuroPro Tour), fishing, darts, Table Tennis, and poker and as of late 2016 gymnastics. The company is based in Brentwood, Essex.[1] Matchroom has a comprehensive broadcasting agreement in the United Kingdom with Sky Sports.

Recently, it also began sponsoring the football ground of English League Two team Leyton Orient. Previously called Brisbane Road, it has now been renamed the Matchroom Stadium. Barry Hearn used to be Orient's Chairman.

Cue sportsEdit

Matchroom Sport entered snooker event management in the 1980s. They had players such as Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Jimmy White on their books.

Matchroom Sport is currently the official sponsor of the annual WPA World Nine-ball Championship, the most prestigious professional tournament of its field. After having organised a similar but competing event for one year, the World Professional Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales, in July 1999, Matchroom merged its tournament with that of the World Pool-Billiard Association in 2000, and the joint event took the promotional name "World Pool Championship" (an ambiguous name, since there is also a yearly WPA World Eight-ball Championship held in the United Arab Emirates). The event stayed in Cardiff until 2003, with the 2004 and 2005 events taking place in Taiwan. The 2006 event was held in the Philippines. Despite the moves, the competition has remained very similar in format and staging throughout.

Matchroom's other prestigious pool event is the Mosconi Cup, held each December from 1994 onwards. The event is modelled on the Ryder Cup, and it pits a team of European players against a team from the US. From 2003, the event has alternated between European and American venues, having previous always been held in the UK.

The Mosconi Cup is notable for having evolved from an exhibition event in the early years, into a genuinely prestigious tournament. Early Mosconi Cup contests were characterised by a team of some of America's most charismatic players taking on a European team of mainly British snooker players, in an attempt to promote nine-ball in the UK. More recent instances of the event have been fought in a much more serious manner, although the raucous crowd atmosphere has been retained, making it unique among cue sports competitions.

Matchroom sports also promote the World Cup of Pool; a national team scotch doubles event, and the World Pool Masters a 9-Ball event held annually.[2]

Ten-pin bowlingEdit

Matchroom has been involved in a revival of the sport of ten-pin bowling which has given the sport a renewed international pop-culture interest.

With a roster of the world's three major bowling events – the World Tenpin Masters, the Weber Cup and the AMF World Cup – Matchroom Sport has established a successful formula for presenting televised bowling. All three events are presented by broadcasters Nick Halling and Cass Edwards.

Matchroom Sport offers free tickets to the World Tenpin Masters. They are also distributed by the British Tenpin Bowling Association for free.[clarification needed]

BoxingEdit

Current stableEdit

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Boxer Nationality Weight Signed Title
Nikita Ababiy   American Middleweight 17 July 2018
Murodjon Akhmadaliev   Uzbekistan Bantamweight 25 April 2019
Dave Allen   English Heavyweight
Demetrius Andrade   American Middleweight 17 July 2018 WBO middleweight champion
Qais Ashfaq   English Bantamweight 1 February 2018
Martin Bakole   Congolese Heavyweight 10 July 2019
Jake Ball   English Light-heavyweight 30 June 2015
Zelfa Barrett   English Super-featherweight March 2020 Commonwealth super-featherweight champion
Reece Bellotti   English Featherweight 30 June 2015
Conor Benn   English Welterweight 30 March 2016
Dmitry Bivol   Russian Light-heavyweight 15 January 2019 WBA light-heavyweight champion
Arthur Biyarslanov   Canadian Light-welterweight 29 March 2019
Cecilia Brækhus   Norwegian Welterweight 22 October 2019 WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring welterweight champion
Kell Brook   English Light-middleweight 8 April 2011
Joshua Buatsi   English Light-heavyweight 5 June 2017
Ricky Burns   Scottish Lightweight 11 March 2013
Paul Butler   English Bantamweight 24 July 2017
Luke Campbell   English Lightweight 23 April 2013
Scott Cardle   Scottish Lightweight 30 January 2012
Jono Carroll   Irish Super-featherweight 7 September 2018
Felix Cash   English Middleweight 11 May 2016 Commonwealth middleweight champion
Ted Cheeseman   English Light-middleweight 9 April 2015 British light-middleweight champion
Kieron Conway   English Light-middleweight 12 July 2019
Joe Cordina   Welsh Lightweight 1 February 2017 British and Commonwealth lightweight champion
Shannon Courtenay   English Super-featherweight
Jamie Cox   English Middleweight 22 April 2017
Tommy Coyle   English Light-welterweight 27 November 2013
Anthony Crolla   English Lightweight 17 September 2013
Robbie Davies Jr.   English Light-welterweight 5 July 2018
John Docherty   Scottish Super-middleweight 11 July 2018
T.J. Doheny   Irish Super-bantamweight 7 January 2019
Charlie Edwards   English Flyweight 3 December 2014
Sam Eggington   English Light-middleweight 1 October 2014
Alexis Espino   American Middleweight 28 October 2018
Juan Francisco Estrada   Mexican Super-flyweight 28 June 2019 WBC & The Ring super-flyweight champion
Tevin Farmer   American Super-featherweight 23 August 2018
Rocky Fielding   English Super-middleweight 6 June 2012
Scott Fitzgerald   English Light-middleweight 21 September 2015
Raymond Ford   American Super-featherweight
Anthony Fowler   English Light-middleweight 20 April 2017
Charles Frankham   English Featherweight 14 January 2019
Hughie Fury   English Heavyweight 26 July 2019
Kid Galahad   English Featherweight
Murat Gassiev   Russian Heavyweight 18 April 2019
Jordan Gill   English Featherweight 29 October 2018
Shakhram Giyasov   Uzbekistan Welterweight 25 April 2019
Devin Haney   American Lightweight 25 April 2019 WBC lightweight champion
Terri Harper   English Super-featherweight 24 September 2019 WBC, and IBO female super-featherweight champion
Maurice Hooker   American Light-welterweight 17 July 2018
Filip Hrgović   Croatian Heavyweight 14 February 2019
Michael Hunter   American Heavyweight 10 April 2019
Daniel Jacobs   American Middleweight 23 September 2017
Callum Johnson   Scottish Light-heavyweight 30 June 2015
Natasha Jonas   English Lightweight 20 June 2017
Otha Jones III   American Welterweight 16 January 2019
Anthony Joshua   English Heavyweight 24 July 2013 WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion
Josh Kelly   English Welterweight 8 February 2017
Israil Madrimov   Uzbekistan Light-middleweight 7 March 2019
Magomedrasul Majidov   Uzbekistan Heavyweight 10 September 2019
Savannah Marshall   English Super-middleweight 1 August 2019
Julio Cesar Martinez   Mexican Flyweight 11 October 2019 WBC flyweight champion
Reshat Mati   American Lightweight 17 July 2018
Gavin McDonnell   English Super-bantamweight
Jamie McDonnell   English Bantamweight
Sean McGoldrick   Welsh Super-bantamweight 10 March 2017
Marcus Morrison   English Light-middleweight 30 June 2015
Lawrence Okolie   English Cruiserweight 18 January 2017 European cruiserweight champion
Diego Pacheco   American Middleweight 5 October 2018
Joseph Parker   New Zealander Heavyweight 31 May 2019
Hopey Price   English Super-bantamweight 11 October 2018
Craig Richards   English Light-heavyweight
Lewis Ritson   English Light-welterweight 10 October 2017
Daniel Roman   American Super-bantamweight 17 July 2018
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai   Thai Super-flyweight 30 January 2019
John Ryder   English Super-middleweight
Billy Joe Saunders   English Super-middleweight 13 August 2019 WBO super-middleweight champion
Amanda Serrano   Puerto Rican Featherweight 28 October 2018
Anthony Sims Jr.   American Light-heavyweight 1 August 2018
Callum Smith   English Super-middleweight 3 October 2012 WBA (Super) & The Ring super middleweight champion
Dalton Smith   English Light-welterweight 21 March 2019
Liam Smith   English Light-middleweight 9 January 2019
Stephen Smith   English Super-featherweight 10 October 2013
Katie Taylor   Irish Lightweight 27 October 2016 WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO & The Ring lightweight champion
Oleksandr Usyk   Ukrainian Cruiserweight 7 September 2018
Jessie Vargas   American Light-middleweight 17 July 2018
Josh Warrington   English Featherweight February 2020 IBF featherweight champion
Martin Joseph Ward   English Super-featherweight 31 May 2012
Dillian Whyte   English Heavyweight 20 May 2016 WBC interim heavyweight champion
Austin Williams   American Middleweight 26 February 2019
Gamal Yafai   English Super-bantamweight
Khalid Yafai   English Super-flyweight 14 May 2012 WBA super-flyweight champion
Daniyar Yeleussinov   Kazakhstani Welterweight 5 March 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Companies beginning with 'ma'". CheckSure.biz. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire: ROIsure Digital. 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  2. ^ "World Pool Masters Archives - Matchroom Pool". Matchroom Pool. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Boxers Archive - Matchroom Boxing". Matchroom Boxing.

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