Most valuable boxing promoters RANKED – great news for Eddie Hearn, NOT for Oscar De La Hoya

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have the most valuable promotional company in the sport, according to a new study from business bible Forbes.

The Hearns recently revealed that their booming business – with stable star Anthony Joshua at the forefront – is worth more than £1billion during an interview with Piers Morgan.

Forbes did not go quite that far with their valuation, but they went plenty far enough to place Matchroom above their bitter US rivals including Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

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The Hearns have built an Essex boxing empire during the past decade, and their massive partnership with DAZN has allowed them to make significant inroads into the powerful US market as well.

Eddie Hearn DAZN UK
Eddie Hearn and Matcrhoom have a global deal with DAZN which now includes the UK (Melina Pizano/Matchroom Boxing).

Promoting several ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fights and signing the most exciting prospect around in Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis are a pretty good barometer of where Matchroom is headed. It will also head up the promotion for P4P superstar Terence Crawford’s next fight in Los Angeles on August 3. Significantly that is the first ‘Riyadh Season’ promotion Stateside from the massive investment source that is Turki Alalshikh and the General Entertainment Authority.

While this list should be a source of great pride for Barry and Eddie, it does show also the way boxing has been left behind by some newer fight sport series in recent years.

Forbes combat sport rankings

The combat sports list is headed – of course – by Dana White and MMA powerhouse UFC with a massive valuation of $11.3billion. Then we have wresting with WWE coming in second at $6.8billion. Another wrestling franchise in the shape of AEW is # with a $2billion valuation – not too shabby – while another MMA force, One Championship, is fourth at $1.3billion.

Hearn and Matchroom are the first boxing enterprise on the list at #5 with a valuation of $850million – with Forbes explaining: “Renowned for its stable of big-name fighters and penchant for delivering unforgettable matchups, Matchroom is the brash upstart promotion in boxing.”

Next on the list from a boxing perspective is Top Rank at #7, with a figure of $630million put against it – partly thanks to superstar fighters like P4P king Naoya Inoue and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Haymon and PBC finally make their entry at #8 with the business being valued by Forbes at $600million – despite that new partnership with Amazon Prime Video.

De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is the last of the boxing big guns to figure in the top 10, coming in at #9 with a $450million figure put against it.

The full list looks like this:

  • 1 UFC – $11.3billion
  • 2. WWE – $6.8billion
  • 3. AEW – $2billion
  • 4. ONE championship – $1.3billion
  • 5. Matchroom Boxing – $850million
  • 6. PFL – $690million
  • 7. Top Rank Boxing – $630million
  • 8. Premier Boxing Champions – $600million
  • 9. Golden Boy Promotions – $450million
  • 10. Combate Global – $120million