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Ben Shalom’s accusative reason for Matchroom enmity

Boxxer promoter Ben Shalom admitted that his company and Matchroom Sports’ were not in good terms, but his reason was an accusation.


Shalom was the youngest person to be granted license to promote fights in Britain back in 2018 while he was still 23 years old.

He now has several big fighters as clients, including Joshua Buatsi who once worked with Matchroom.

Speaking about the bad relationship between himself and Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn recently, Shalom said the following to MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani:

‘Ultimately, I get it. We’re like the young, annoying little s*** that has broken into the industry and is doing well and is the master of great stable and probably has some of the future stars in the sport, particularly in this country.

‘And at every hurdle we keep coming through. It used to be that we can’t run many shows, we can’t do a pay-per-view show, we can’t sign an Olympian, we’re not going to stand up regularly, we’re not going to be able to get sponsors, we’re not going to be able to get the venues.

‘And every time we’ve rose to the occasion and we keep growing.

‘I’d love for them to take a different approach and not see it as they do and I’d love in the future to be able to work with them – they’re probably the only promoters we’ve found difficult to work with.

‘But I do get it. It’s an industry they have run and been involved with for decades and in any world in any industry you expect the same.

‘If I was going to start up a computer business to rival Apple I’m sure they’d be met with the same disdain at the start so I get that and it’s just something we have to come through.

‘You’ve got to have a thick skin in this game and that’s what this is and we’ll continue to grow and focus on what we do.’

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