British Olympians

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by TBC-ASAP, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Dragon Punch

    Dragon Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I fully expect McCormack, Whitaker and Yafai to follow him to Sky- they would have to be bonkers not too.
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  2. wavey

    wavey Member banned Full Member

    Dec 3, 2021
    It's about time the Mccormacks, Clarke and Whittaker and the other lads turned pro.

    So we can see some real prospects on undercards instead of bums like Hamzah Sheeraz, George Fox and Campbell Hatton.
  3. DramaShow

    DramaShow 17 Full Member

    Dec 22, 2020
    Matchroom have signed Cheavon Clarke.

    I think Hearn is struggling to attack the top UK Olympians compared to previous cycles.

    Ben Whittaker also prepared to sign with Sky and Boxxer apparently. If Joshua continues fighting, he’ll most likely continue fighting on Sky.
  4. tweetstreet

    tweetstreet Member Full Member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Lauren price has said she’ll announce who she’s signed with in the next week or so, I’d expect rating stall to go the same way as having them both on the same promotion makes sense.

    I think they’ll have gone with matchroom as they were at a lot of matchroom shows last year but wouldn’t be surprised to see them snapped up by boxxer
  5. MeatFeastMan

    MeatFeastMan Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    Ben Whitaker is the one they all want. It will be a total failure for Hearn if he doesn't get Whitaker. That signing matters most to all the promoters.

    I think Ben is probably struggling to choose. His style actually makes him a typical Frank Warren type of fighter. Flashy and fast, outspoken. But Sky will guarantee the platform to become a megastar. DAZN and BT don't guarantee that.

    Only problem with Sky is that it might be harder to make fights because Boxxer's stable is somewhat limited at the moment.

    Another factor is that you want to be able to make big world title fights in the US. Top Rank and Sky now have a partnership. That is huge for Whitaker because if I'm not mistaken all the US Tokyo Olympians signed with Top Rank from what I've heard. Frank and BT probably give Ben more access to the PBC though.

    And as for Hearn, Matchroom USA has been pretty average so far and doesn't look an attractive proposition for future opportunities abroad. But his UK stable is the best of the 3.

    A lot also rides on where AJ chooses to fight (I know he's with Hearn but that doesn't mean he'll fight on DAZN). If his rematch with Usyk is on Sky, that'll probably tempt more people to sign with Sky.

    I think Sky might be best for Ben and that's where he'll sign for, but it would be a huge hammer blow for Hearn.
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  6. DramaShow

    DramaShow 17 Full Member

    Dec 22, 2020
    I’m 99% sure he’s signing with Boxxer. He’s going to fight under 258MGT, and Fraser Clarke is already tied to 258 and Sky.

    This makes me presume all 258 fighters (including Joshua) will sign deals with Sky when their Matchroom deal with Hearn ends.
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  7. Trafford

    Trafford Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    Big presumption. Hearn has signed with AJ for his career. 258 will do what’s right on an individual basis. Hearn overpaid a lot of the 2016 class and hasn’t got much value back. Clarke was signing with Matchroom until Boxxer effectively paid way over the odds. They are paying Fraser not far off what AJ got for turning over. Hearn said he’s not matching it. He’s of the opinion he will let sky do the donkey work and if it makes sense he will pay over the odds in 10-15 fights time.
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  8. Azza43

    Azza43 New Member Full Member

    Feb 15, 2018
    Probellum or Sky, not match room imo.

    Cheavon Clarke was the least sought after one I feel.
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  9. Skyver

    Skyver Active Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2015
    It's a bit presumptuous of hearn to say that.the guy might not want to leave sky.
  10. Trafford

    Trafford Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    He hasn’t specifically said that. Just knows given what he paid Kelly, cordina, buatsi the return has been a lot lower than expected. All of those particularly Kelly and cordina had a much bigger upside than Clarke. Hearn knows he needs to pay purses that are realistic for the signings he makes. Boxxer on the other hand need to overpay to build a stable and obtain some star power quickly. A lot of this will play into boxxers hands initially.

    I think from a logocal standpoint hearn will look at the fact he’s paying Johnny Fisher 20% of the outlay for Clarke and he can sell him for a much longer term and build him slowly whilst seeing a return.

    Clarke is going to need big money spent on opponents in fights 8-12 unless he is either a mandatory position or sells a shedload of tickets. Big money makes little sense
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