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Hearn vs Warren the race to be Britain's number-one promoter

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Darren Barker gave Eddie Hearn his third world champion to Matchroom (©GettyImages)
Darren Barker gave Eddie Hearn his third world champion to Matchroom (©GettyImages).

Tall, dark and....Britain's best promoter? Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable has a sparkling profile of young up-and-coming fighters and is home to three British world champions - Carl Froch, Ricky Burns and Darren Barker.

Another reason to keep Hearn smiling is the recent three fight signing of Stephen Smith - preventing Frank Warren from making history with the Smith brothers.

Following Nathan Cleverly's loss in August, Frank Warren promotions were left without a world champion on their books. However it was not always like this.

Taking you on a quick history lesson, in 1989 Warren - then top of the boxing tree - was shot by a masked gunman and was left clinging on to his life.

While Warren recovered his empire dismantled, with sponsorship funding being pulled and fighters such as Featherweight Colin McMillan lost his WBO title.

Hearn's father Barry, CEO of Matchroom sport, took advantage of this open situation and took Britain's number one promotional job - with fighters such as Chris Eubank under his wing.

The rematch between Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank saw 16 million viewers tune in, however, it was much to the doings of Mr Warren as he sealed the deal with ITV.

It goes without saying that Warren is still in the game, but at 61 will he ever sit on the top of the throne again?

Warren is set to host his second show at the Copper Box Arena in November which will see European Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora and British and Commonwealth Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders defend their titles.

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