Eddie Hearn wants a 'Fratton Park blockbuster' for unbeaten Mikey McKinson after signing Pompey Problem to Matchroom Boxing

Promoter Eddie Hearn is eyeing a future 'Fratton Park blockbuster' for Mikey McKinson after bringing the unbeaten welterweight under his Matchroom Boxing label.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 1:40 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:33 pm
Mathroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn has opened the door to a potential 'Fratton Park blockbuster' for Mikey McKinson in the future. Picture: Graham Hunt/ProSportsImages/PinP

The Pompey Problem has signed a deal with one of the leading promotions in the sport on the back of claiming the WBO Global title by defeating Chris Kongo live on Sky Sports Box Office last month.

This move is another massive step for McKinson - 20-0 as a professional - as he looks to continue his boxing rise – and it appears he could have edged closer to a dream fight night at Fratton Park in the future.

Hearn says 'exciting times are ahead' for the Pompey Problem after handing him his Matchroom deal.

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Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn, centre, steps in between Mickey McKinson, right, and Chris Kongo at their pre-fight weigh-in last month. Picture: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

One of the sport's top promoters reckons McKinson is now ready to make the step up to ‘world level’ with plans in place to get him back in the ring this summer.

And, should the wins keep arriving for the Pompey Problem, Hearn made it clear he wants him involved in a ‘Fratton Park blockbuster’ potentially as early as next summer.

Speaking to Matchroom Boxing's website, Hearn said: ‘As I always say, ‘winner stays on’, and I’m delighted to be working with Michael McKinson.

‘For a long time he has been an avoided fighter and now after his huge win in Gibraltar, he is ready to move onto world level.

‘Michael has a great mindset and a huge fan base in Portsmouth, we are already planning a major step-up for him in the summer. Next summer we want to be at Fratton Park in a blockbuster – exciting times ahead!’

McKinson, who has claimed the WBC world youth and international silver as well as WBO European and Global welterweight belts in his career, has made no secret of his dream to fight at Fratton Park one day.

Now, having landed his promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, that could be a step closer to becoming a reality.

McKinson said: ‘My biggest goal is to one day fight at Fratton Park in Portsmouth.

‘Every little bit of success I have is making that dream come true little by little, so hopefully it gets done one day and I can make history for my city.’