Eddie Hearn, Tony Bellew, Kell Brook and more of the Matchroom roster past and present reached out to key frontline workers with a surprise video call to thank them for their extraordinary efforts.
Eight key workers ranging from the NHS, Police, carers and funeral directors were greeted by Hearn, Bellew, Brook, as well as IBF Featherweight world champion Josh Warrington and former World champion Anthony Crolla.
Rising stars Conor Benn, Joshua Buatsi and Lawrence Okolie also participated in the virtual meet and greet, as part of StubHub UK’s #TicketForward initaitve to recognise the efforts of these key workers during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few months.
“It was a pleasure to be a part of the #TicketForward initiative by StubHub UK and meet frontline heroes who are each contributing in their own inspiring way during this difficult moment,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director, Matchroom Boxing.
“It’s important at this time to give these individuals a truly unforgettable experience but we can’t wait to start welcoming fans back again once it is safe to do so.”
“These surprise calls brought a chance for fans and key workers to see their favourite fighters once again and we hope it made a small difference to these deserving individuals,” said Wayne Grierson, General Manager StubHub UK.
🙌 MATCHROOM TO DONATE TICKETS TO NHS
🥊 @MatchroomBoxing have announced they will donate 200 tickets for every Saturday fight night and PPV event for 12 months when boxing resumes to the incredible @NHSuk workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We’re committed to recognising the most deserving individuals all over the UK and bringing joy via our #TicketForward programme to fans who are practicing social distancing via our #TicketForward programme.
The eight workers, who were nominated for the efforts by friends and family were awarded with VIP tickets a Matchroom show of their choice.
Matchroom announced in March they would donate 200 tickets for every Saturday fight night and pay-per-view event for 12 months to NHS workers, when shows permit crowds to attend.