Eddie Hearn has teamed up with US movie great Peter Berg to relaunch a famous boxing gym in Los Angeles.
Hearn and Berg were both on hand in Santa Monica to officially open the doors to the Churchill Boxing Club, now rebranded as the Matchroom Churchill Boxing Gym.
The 59-year-old Berg – the brains behind acclaimed drama ‘Friday Night Lights’ among other movies and TV shows, opened the gym back in 2013. It is currently home to seven pro fighters, while greats such as Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin and Dmitry Bivol have used it in the past.
Now the Churchill will provide a base on the West Coast for Hearn’s talented Matchroom Boxing stable, and the promoter himself is excited by the new partnership.
“I had the pleasure of coming here and watching Dmitry Bivol train and I believe it is one of the top gyms in the country with great management,” he said.
“Our business has become global in recent years and particularly with our move into America. I’ve had the pleasure of promoting some of the biggest names in American boxing and the biggest shows, but we wanted to do something different.
“It’s important for us to provide a facility for our stable of talent that we felt was trusted, elite, with top trainers and facilities, and with our long-standing relationship with Peter Berg, who has just as much passion for boxing as anyone we’ve ever met. We both have a vision for the sport, we both love the sport and Peter loves to see the top fighters in the gym and for it to flourish, and it’s an opportunity for our fighters to have a home in California.”
Peter Berg on Hearn partnership
Berg meanwhile revealed: “One of the things that boxing needs is leadership, and responsible, quality, visionary leadership. In my mind, Eddie Hearn is that leader, and I’m very happy and proud that our gym can be in business with the man who is going to lead the sport into the future.
“We’re really proud to be in business with Matchroom and I hope that this is the beginning of a calling to pro fighters all over America that are looking for great training, a direct connection to the best promoters in the world in Matchroom, we’re open for business so come on down.”