Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has announced that a United Kingdom version of the successful US boxing brand could be launched across the Atlantic in time for a spring debut show.
The promotional company, spearheaded by former fighters Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins, began operations in 2001 and has quickly become a driving force in the sport from it’s Los Angeles base.
Schaefer is now hopeful of signing some of the UK’s brightest stars to the project before they announce their maiden show, and could be ready to draft in Amir Khan as a co-owner, according to some recent speculation.
“We want to sign up some of those fighters who represented Britain at the Olympics,” Schaefer was quoted byThe Mirror. “It would not necessarily be those who won medals and we want those fighters with the right talent and charisma.
“I will be spending a lot of time in the UK and I would personally take these fighters under my wing and nurture them, which is something I have not done before.
“The idea will be to showcase them here in the US as well and we would put on four fights a year in the UK with them and four in the US. We would hope to stage our first show in the UK in the second quarter of 2013.”
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has also had close ties with Golden Boy throughout his career fighting in America, but may now face competition from his US promoters as he continues to build his own Hatton brand.