Groves rumoured to be Matchroom-bound; what next for Hayemaker?

Groves rumoured to be Matchroom-bound; what next for Hayemaker?

Since the weekend, various sources have been reporting that British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion 'Saint' George Groves (13-0) is on the verge of signing a promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing.
Considered one of the UK's hottest prospects after his points win over former Olympic Gold Medalist and arch-nemesis James 'Chunky' DeGale back in May, Groves, 23, has boxed as part of the Hayemaker stable, and has been trained and managed by Adam Booth. Sources expect Booth to continue this role.
Matchroom's breathtaking acquisition trail has, in just over six months, netted Sheffield's undefeated welterweight Kell Brook (24-0), Barnet's European middleweight champion Darren Barker (23-0), and, the jewel in the crown, two-time WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1). Along with Newbridge's former WBA world champion Gavin Rees (32-1), these signings spearhead a formidable stable. The addition of Groves would up the ante further.
Matchroom's busy start to the season kicks off on Saturday September 10th, when Paul 'Dudey' McClosky (22-1) takes on 'Khanqueror' Breidis Prescott (24-2) in a WBA title eliminator from Belfast.Prizefighter light middleweights follows at the York Hall five days later on Thursday 15th, then on October 1st, Gavin Rees defends his European lightweight title against Derry Matthews (29-5) in Newport, Wales.
Later that evening, Darren Barker will be stateside in Atlantic City challenging Sergio Martinez (47-2-2) for the WBC middleweight title. A week later on October 8th, Kell Brook stays home and defends his WBA inter-continental strap against Rafal Jackiewicz (39-9-1) at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield.
And on October 29th, Carl Froch reaches the culmination of two years' hard graft when he faces Andre Ward (24-0) in Atlantic City in the final of Showtime's super six tourney - with the WBC/WBA super middleweight titles on the line.
An announcement from Matchroom regarding Groves is expected next week. Last month, promoter Eddie Hearn told BoxRec News: Obviously, we do have a capacity at Matchroom, but if the right boxer becomes available, we will always look at the situation.
The speculation raises questions not only about the future of Hayemaker Boxing Ltd, but also the plans of its figurehead David Haye, who has previously insisted that he would not box on past his 31st birthday. This date is fast approaching in October and, so far, his fans are none-the-wiser.
Having dropped a one-sided points decision in his unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko, it still remains to be seen whether Haye has the desire to continue. If he does, one thing is certain - it won't be shown on Sky PPV. This could be a factor in his decision.
Interestingly, neither will Carl Froch's unification fight with Andre Ward, nor (in all probability) his much-speculated homecoming fight next year, for which various names are in the frame, including Groves.
Matchroom's current contract to supply Sky Sports with boxing events runs until September 2012, but the pair's relationship is on a sound footing. Through its various interests (snooker, darts, boxing, poker, bowls, fishing etc), Matchroom supplies the network with as much as 25 per cent of its live sports output. Eddie Hearn's passion for boxing, backed up by a considerable investment in talent (and the blessing of Daddy Hearn) combine to suggest that Matchroom is in it for the long haul.
So, from September, UK boxing fans can look forward to seeing Matchroom dominate the Sky schedule - without a PPV in sight.However, if Sky decide to re-investigate PPV boxing in the future, Matchroom should be in a prime position to capitalise on it - providing the stable can deliver the ring-related goods on a world level.
Carl Froch, at least, is a dab-hand at this.

8/18/2011

 
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