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Published on September 30th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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World Boxing Champion Alycia Baumgardner On October 15th Fight Against Mikaela Mayer, Music, Detroit, TV & More

As the head of Matchroom’s boxing division, Eddie Hearn promotes a full roster of talent he has carefully-developed over the years, including World Champions and Olympic gold medalists alike. Under Hearn’s leadership, Matchroom and the sport of boxing have both grown exponentially around the world, and in 2014 Hearn promoted the record-breaking Froch vs. Groves II fight at Wembley Stadium, as watched on-site by 80,000 at the sold-out venue beyond the millions who watched the broadcast around the world. In 2018, Hearn agreed to a historic $1 billion deal with the live streaming sports platform DAZN to stage 16 fights a year across America under the Matchroom Boxing USA banner. In turn, Hearn is not just following in the foosteps of his father — the original founder of Matchroom — Barry Hearn, but he has become one of the world’s leading boxing promoters.

World Boxing Champion Alycia Baumgardner is one of Hearn’s big stars, and she will be fighting against Mikaela Mayer on October 15th at London’s O2 Arena. Currently holding the WBC and IBO Female Super Featherweight Title, this match — which you will be able to watch via ESPN+ — will be Baumgardner’s biggest in-ring battle and highest potential payday. She carries a 12-1 professional career record with 7 wins by knockout, and has reportedly been training three times daily in anticipation of this fight against Mayer. We spoke about this, her goals both in and out of boxing, music and more within our September 30, 2022 Zoom-based conversation, which is embedded below.

More on Alycia Baumgardner and her upcoming fight can be found by clicking here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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