Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is planning to put on a massive event at Madison Square Garden when Anthony Joshua makes his United States debut against Jarrell Miller.
First of all, a host of British stars and top US names are due to appear. In an eye-catching move, Hearn wants the DAZN show to be a battle between fighters from both sides of the Atlantic.
“AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the UK. We plan to bring that energy to New York on a card that will be stacked with British vs. American talent,” explained Hearn.
This means the original Matchroom stable is likely to be pitted against the newly-formed USA branch based in the ‘Big Apple’ in order to make Joshua v Miller the biggest event of the year.
DAZN Executive Vice President of North America, Joseph Markowski, is expecting something special from Hearn.
“Watching Anthony Joshua fight in the U.K. is one of the most spectacular experiences that I’ve encountered in boxing. The crowds, the fireworks and the noise are quite remarkable.
“But like DAZN, AJ has ambitions to be a global superstar and achieving that means taking your show on the road, across the Pond,” said Markowski.
“For the first time in his career, Anthony Joshua will be fighting live and in primetime in the United States. And he’s not just fighting in America; he is going right to the hometown of a dangerous Top 10 heavyweight in Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. A man with as much to say as almost anyone else in the boxing game.
“And for that reason, it is just the beginning of a fantastic fight promotion. It’s a compelling matchup. is already generating genuine buzz in the US.
“Moreover, it demonstrates DAZN’s continued commitment to our mission goal of delivering amazing value to fight fans.
“The level of interest in the fight is quite significant. AJ and Jarrell spent four days in the U.S. speaking to press. And to be honest, we could have spent four days doing more. The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, amongst Americas biggest media outlets couldn’t get enough of both fighters because like us, they believe we’re headed towards a truly special night on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
“From our perspective it’s a true honor to be the host broadcaster of this event in New York, and very much like DAZN, AJ has ambitions to be a global force – to do so, occasionally you have to take your show on the road, and in this case over the pond.
“It’s going to be a great night. With so many Brits making plans for June 1, we’re just very excited and looking forward to hosting all of you in New York on that night.”
Touching on the cost of rivals such as ESPN and Showtime, Markowski was keen to plug his $9.99 per month platform.
“By the time of AJ-Miller, U.S. boxing fans will have already slogged through several expensive pay-per-views in 2019. More than $200 for three fight nights.
“For that type of money, you could have DAZN for two years and also get every boxing and MMA fight on our platform.
“You can see the momentum we’re building in the names we are signing. In the types of fights we are making: AJ’s debut in the U.S., Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs for Cinco de Mayo.”
Early indications suggest Matchroom’s younger American stars will feature. Probably alongside some bigger names from the British stable.
Looking at both stables, a world title fight featuring a champion from either is almost certain to be set as the co-feature.
Hearn could also look to Golden Boy in order to garner some opponents for his current crop of talent.
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