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. 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, ping pong, 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 sports[edit]

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.

Ten-pin bowling[edit]

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]

Boxing[edit]

Current stable[2][edit]

Boxer Nationality Weight Signed Title
Nikita Ababiy United States American Middleweight 2018-07-17
Demetrius Andrade United States American Middleweight 2018-07-17
Qais Ashfaq England English Bantamweight 2018-02-01
Jake Ball England English Light heavyweight 2015-06-30
Tony Bellew England English Heavyweight
Reece Bellotti England English Featherweight 2015-06-30
Conor Benn England English Light welterweight 2016-03-30
Artur Beterbiev Russia Russian Light heavyweight 2018-07-17 IBF Light heavyweight champion
Kell Brook England English Light middleweight 2011-04-08
Joshua Buatsi England English Light heavyweight 2017-06-05
Frank Buglioni England English Light heavyweight 2017-02-21
Ricky Burns Scotland Scottish Lightweight 2013-03-11
Ryan Burnett Northern Ireland Northern Irish Bantamweight 2015-10-24 WBA (Super) Bantamweight champion
Hosea Burton England English Light heavyweight
Paul Butler England English Bantamweight 2017-07-24
Luke Campbell England English Lightweight 2013-04-23
Scott Cardle Scotland Scottish Lightweight 2012-01-30
Jono Carroll Republic of Ireland Irish Super featherweight 2018-09-07
Felix Cash England English Middleweight 2016-05-11
Isaac Chamberlain England English Cruiserweight
Ted Cheeseman England English Light middleweight 2015-04-09
Dereck Chisora England English Heavyweight 2017-09-20
Joe Cordina Wales Welsh Lightweight 2017-02-01
Jamie Cox England English Super middleweight 2017-04-22
Tommy Coyle England English Lightweight 2013-11-27 Commonwealth Lightweight champion
Anthony Crolla England English Lightweight 2013-09-17
Robbie Davies Jr England English Light welterweight 2018-07-05
Danny Dignum England English Super middleweight
John Docherty Scotland Scottish Super middleweight 2018-07-11
Charlie Edwards England English Super flyweight 2014-12-03
Sam Eggington England English Light middleweight 2014-10-01
Tevin Farmer United States American Super featherweight 2018-08-23 IBF Super featherweight champion
Rocky Fielding England English Super middleweight 2012-06-06 WBA (Regular) Super middleweight champion
Scott Fitzgerald England English Light middleweight 2015-09-21
Anthony Fowler England English Light middleweight 2017-04-20
Daniel Jacobs United States American Middleweight 2017-09-23
Callum Johnson Scotland Scottish Light heavyweight 2015-06-30 British Light heavyweight champion
Natasha Jonas England English Lightweight 2017-06-20
Anthony Joshua England English Heavyweight 2013-07-24 IBF, WBA & WBO Heavyweight champion
Maurice Hooker United States American Light welterweight 2018-07-17 WBO Light welterweight champion
Josh Kelly England English Welterweight 2017-02-08 Commonwealth Welterweight champion
Amir Khan England English Welterweight 2018-01-10
Reshat Mati United States American Lightweight 2018-07-17
Gavin McDonnell England English Super bantamweight
Jamie McDonnell England English Bantamweight
Sean McGoldrick Wales Welsh Super bantamweight 2017-03-10
Jarrell Miller United States American Heavyweight 2018-07-17
Marcus Morrison England English Light middleweight 2015-06-30
Lawrence Okolie England English Cruiserweight 2017-01-18 Commonwealth Cruiserweight champion
Scott Quigg England English Featherweight 2013-06-12
Craig Richards England English Super middleweight
Lewis Ritson England English Lightweight 2017-10-10 British Lightweight champion
Daniel Roman United States American Super bantamweight 2018-07-17 WBA Super bantamweight champion
John Ryder England English Super middleweight
Anthony Sims Jr. United States American Light heavyweight 2018-08-01
Callum Smith England English Super middleweight 2012-10-03
Stephen Smith England English Super featherweight 2013-10-10
Nkosi Solomon United States American Heavyweight 2018-07-17
Katie Taylor Republic of Ireland Irish Lightweight 2016-10-27 WBA & IBF Lightweight champion
Oleksandr Usyk Ukraine Ukrainian Cruiserweight 2018-09-07 Undisputed Cruiserweight champion
Jessie Vargas United States American Welterweight 2018-07-17
Martin Joseph Ward England English Super featherweight 2012-05-31
Dillian Whyte England English Heavyweight 2016-05-20
Gamal Yafai England English Super bantamweight
Khalid Yafai England English Super flyweight 2012-05-14 WBA Super flyweight champion
Daniyar Yeleussinov Kazakhstan Kazakhstani Welterweight 2018-03-05

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Companies beginning with 'ma'". CheckSure.biz. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire: ROIsure Digital. 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
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