"First of all, it is correct that Amir did have a meeting with Eddie Hearn, and I was made fully aware of that," stated Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who made it clear that he was fully aware of the recent meeting that took place between former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan and Matchroom Sports promoter Eddie Hearn. When Khan tweeted a photo of himself and Hearn, along with the caption "Brilliant meeting with @EddieHearn. Talked about some brilliant ideas", rumors quickly began to surface that perhaps the British native was looking to part ways with Golden Boy Promotions. Considering that Sky Sports, England's most dominant sports network, has an exclusive working relationship with Eddie Hearn and Amir Khan has one fight left on his 3-fight deal with Showtime, it didn't take long for the rumor to gain some traction, despite the fact that both Khan and Hearn quickly denied it. Now, Schaefer has clarified that regardless of Khan's deal with Showtime, he has a long-term contract with Golden Boy Promotions and has no intentions of leaving any time soon.
"The reason of the meeting was Amir Khan is the manager for his brother, Haroon Khan, and he met with Eddie Hearn to evaluate what opportunities exist with Sky [Sports] for Haroon Khan, Amir's brother, to basically be busy in the UK. Obviously Haroon is going to be on Amir's cards as well, but, you know, if Amir fights 2 or 3 times a year, that's not enough for a young fighter who just turned pro. We're going to have Haroon on some of the cards here in the United States as well, but I think Amir is right to be looking for Haroon to get exposure in the UK market, his home market, as well," Schaefer explained, corroborating the same explanation that Khan gave for his meeting with Hearn. "That was the purpose of Amir's meeting with Eddie Hearn. Amir is part of a long-term deal with Golden Boy, so this meeting had nothing to do with Amir's own fights. So that's that," Schaefer added.