29 March 2020

Promoter Hearn says free tickets to be given to NHS workers for all Matchroom Boxing shows

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has announced he will be giving away free tickets to NHS workers for every one of his shows in the next 12 months.

The scheme will begin when the sport is 'safe to resume', with the British Boxing Board of Control currently having suspended all sanctioned shows until at least April 30.

Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable includes some of the biggest names in the sport including Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Oleksandr Usyk and Kell Brook.

Speaking in a Twitter video, Hearn said: "We've been thinking about how we can say thank you to the incredible NHS workers that have selflessly helped everybody through this COVID-19 crisis.

"They've been absolutely amazing and from our side at Matchroom Boxing we are announcing a new scheme for when we get back to our live shows where we will be giving away 200 tickets to NHS workers for every Saturday Fight Night and pay-per-view show around the country from hopefully this summer forward.

"We can't thank you enough for all of your support. NHS workers, you have been absolutely incredible, and you are the pride of our country. Stay well everyone, stay safe, stay at home and we'll get through this soon."

Joshua is scheduled to fight Russian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, however that could well be pushed back to later in the summer.

An announcement about Hearn's shows in May, which include heavyweight clashes such as Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin and Dereck Chisora v Oleksandr Usyk, will be made on Monday.

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