Richard Schaefer plans big following David Haye link-up

WBN 24/01/2017

Promoter Richard Schaefer had already begun the process of snapping up young fighters when the former Swiss banker announced his UK partnership with David Haye prior to the weekend.

Schaefer has since added Olympic super-heavyweight Tony Yoka to his stable and has a blueprint for going worldwide after agreeing a deal with Haye to form ‘Hayemaker Ringstar’ on British shores.

“I’m delighted to be partnering with David to form Hayemaker Ringstar,” said Schaefer. “The UK is a great market for boxing, with exciting fighters and passionate fans, and we’re determined to work with the most talented boxers to give people the fights they want to see.

“I’ve wanted to set up in the UK for a long time, but it was important to partner with a team who knows the market. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than David – we’re both incredibly passionate about the sport, we both want to put fighters first, and we’re both committed to bringing boxing to the masses.”

With Frank Warren having extra clout due to his deal with BT Sport and ITV Pay-Per-View ready to debut next month, times are changing in the UK promotional landscape as promising fighters are given a new wave of opportunities.

Plenty of the Rio 2016 competitors from a host of countries remain up for grabs and we may now see a mass of announcements on some of the bigger names from the summer games in the coming weeks.