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Eddie Hearn reveals Matchroom is ‘a few hundred grand’ down after Dillian Whyte injury


Eddie Hearn is adamant Saturday’s show at the O2 would go ahead (Boxing News TV)

Eddie Hearn has revealed Matchroom have suffered losses in excess of £200,000 after Dillian Whyte pulled out of his fight with Otto Wallin this weekend.

Whyte was forced to withdraw last week due to a shoulder injury but is now targeting a fight with Tyson Fury once he recovers.

The 33-year-old’s bout with Wallin was due to headline Saturday’s card at the O2 Arena in London.

And Hearn is adamant that he wanted the show to go ahead, despite the damage it will cause to Matchroom’s finances.

‘Number one is I don’t pull shows,’ Hearn told Boxing News TV.

‘We’re a few hundred grand deep in the losses for this show by going ahead actually.

Dillian Whyte pulled out of his fight with Otto Wallin due to a shoulder injury (Getty)

‘But it’s the game you’re in. It’s still a good show, it’s probably an average show by my standards but we’ve lost the main event, what do you expect?

‘You have to be prepared to put up with all the stick, all of the criticism, if you don’t like me and you don’t like Matchroom this is an easy way to type something into social media. Every time you post, you might post a head-to-head now [and someone replies] ‘oh, rubbish show, you’re a joker’. But that comes with the territory, if you made every decision based on that you wouldn’t do a lot.

‘The biggest reason for doing it, also you want content for your broadcaster, the biggest reason in my opinion is the opportunity for these nine fighters.

‘If you go through a training camp and you don’t fight you don’t get paid, I wasn’t prepared to take that opportunity away from them.

‘Because we have a reputation for not pulling shows and that stands strong with other fighters as well because when a fighter looks for a promoter, they need someone who won’t let them down. They need someone when the going gets tough, and it’s easy to pull the plug and save money.’

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