Hear from those who say Eubank-Benn presence at O2 will boost PPV sales
Eddie Hearn digs deeper into the reasoning behind not bringing Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn to the stadium.
The pair will meet on October 8 at the O2 Arena in London.
The match will feature an exciting 157-pound weight class and will be streamed exclusively on DAZN worldwide and on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the UK and Ireland.
Frank Smith, the CEO of Matchroom Boxing whose girlfriend is Eubank Jr’s sister and who promotes Benn along with Hearn and Matchroom, recently said that the fight may have played out somewhere else, given the timing. a little better.
When talking to the Drive program on talkSPORTSmith says:
“Perhaps it sold out a stadium and it’s a pity that the weather is only a little late in the year, but maybe we could have gone somewhere bigger.”
And now Hearn, who will be joining Smith in the ring in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to watch Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk as the Briton looks to reclaim the WBA Super world heavyweight titles, The IBF, IBO and WBO at the Jeddah Superdome, gave more details on why they didn’t book a larger venue for the clash between the son of former legend Chris Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn.
While on a Live on Instagram with Benn undefeated, Hearn declared:
“October is not a great time [and] we want to do it at O2 [Arena]. “
The fight sold out in record time, with reports suggesting it took just 47 minutes for each ticket won for the legacy match, which will now be witnessed by more than 18,000 people.
Hearn had promoted at Wembley Stadium – the venue where everyone said they wanted to play – prior to hosting the 80,000-capacity WBA Super and IBF super-middleweight title unification match between Carl Froch and George Groves at the national stadium before the aforementioned Joshua knocked down the ring back in April 2017 when he defeated longtime heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko.
Hearn added that ‘number two’ could be a stadium fight:
“It will take pay-per-view sales to another level, do it at the O2 rather than at a stadium – we could hit second at Wembley.”