Match promoter Eddie Hearn talked about the business side of women’s boxing after a hugely productive 2022.
This year has seen fights between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall, and Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner. As a result of these incredible duels, we’re beginning to see growing financial benefits for those struggling through larger sums and better funding opportunities – clearly proven most by Katie Taylor was recently announced as the most marketable boxer (male or female) in the world.
While women’s boxing is at an all-time high due to wits, there is little concern from Eddie Hearn that this may not last if the men’s bout continues. The promoter, who works with Taylor and Baumgardner, says Social boxing that he hopes to see the big wars continue, but money could become an issue.
“As the amount grows and there are obviously more opportunities with networks and promoters, the harder it gets to do. [women’s fights]because if this was a year ago and you offered a million dollars for Amanda Serrano to fight Katie Taylor, she would do it on Mars, let alone Ireland.
But now, and rightly so, the value of these fighters is increasing, people realize it. Networks are paying more for women’s boxing and therefore purses will increase. But hopefully we don’t see the same thing in women’s boxing as we do in men’s boxing. Taylor-Serrano 2 should be a simple fight to make and hopefully we can get it done. “
And now, we’re seeing the best women fighting each other – and it can go on for a long time.