30th August 2012

Video: Eddie Hearn announces two year agreement with Sky
Footage of the Matchroom Boxing Media Day Press Conference where
Eddie Hearn unveils Carl Froch’s next opponent and confirms the new
broadcast deal with SkySports. Matchroom have signed a two-year agreement to be Sky Sports’ principal boxing promoter and announced it this week with an official media day press conference with all their fighters in attendance.

Eddie Hearn head of Matchroom Boxing will be putting together 20 shows in the next two seasons, starting with ‘London Calling’ at Alexandra Palace on September 8 featuring Tony Bellew vs Edison Miranda. Former British champion Lee Purdy will face Argentine Gumersindo Carrasco for the IBF inter-continental welterweight title in the chief support, after Darren Barker was forced out of his return fight after an injury during sparring.
On the same night Sky will be showing live coverage of the WBC and WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward as he takes on Chad Dawson.
There are another five shows lined-up for 2012, Commonwealth and IBF inter-continental super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton will take on former world champion Steve Molitor on September 22 in the biggest test of the Belfast mans career.
In October the Prizefighter series returns when the Prizefighter Lightweights II hits our screens and the Liverpool Olympia when 8 fighters go for broke in a one night battle to leave one man standing. The boxers lined up to take part for the trophy and the £32,000 prize money are list of fighters for Prizefighter Lightweights II. Also on the Olympia bill is local favourite Rocky Fielding who will challenge Wayne Reed for the Central Area super middleweight title. A former Prizefighter winner himself, Fielding fights for his first title at the venue of his Prizefighter triumph in March 2011 when he became the Super Middleweight II champion and the first man to win competition with three KO wins.
Kell Brook takes on Argentinian Hector Saldivia in a final eliminator for the IBF welterweight title on October 20 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. It will be Brooks first fight since his war against Carson Jones last time out and with a world title shot beckoning, there are no room for errors if he is to realise his dream of becoming world champion.
Britain’s current No1 boxer Carl Froch then makes the first defence of his IBF strap on November 17 against American Yusuf Mack at at the Capital FM Arena in his home City of Nottingham. Mack is moving down from light-heavyweight to challenge ‘The Cobra’ where he is rated No4 in the world. Froch is known for taking on the very best in his division fight after fight and although Mack may not be on the level of past foes, he is a dangerous proposition and this is his big chance. Froch will need to be on his game and not under estimate him. 
The Matchroom stable is introduced and Hearn outlines the fight schedule for the new year all on the above video.

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