David Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions and Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Promotions have come together to form a new promotional company, Hayemaker Ringstar, which will focus on the British boxing scene and look to create a new power stable in the sport.
“The joint venture with Hayemaker and Ringstar will send shockwaves through British boxing,” Haye said. “Together, we are creating a new kind of promotions entity. Throughout the history of boxing, the fighter has worked for the promoter, the core values of Hayemaker Ringstar will turn this on its head.”
There were also some familiar promises.
“We will work for the fighter. This shift will impact an incredible sport in a hugely positive way,” Haye added. “Hayemaker Ringstar will be renown for discovering amazing young talent, nurturing, empowering, and helping them to become global stars.”
Schaefer, who was CEO of Golden Boy Promotions for its most profitable and biggest years, says he has long wanted to establish a real firm in the United Kingdom.
“I’m delighted to be partnering with David to form Hayemaker Ringstar. The UK is a great market for boxing, with exciting fighters and passionate fans, and we’re determined to work with the most talented boxers to give people the fights they want to see,” he said.
“I’ve wanted to set up in the UK for a long time, but it was important to partner with a team who knows the market. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than David – we’re both incredibly passionate about the sport, we both want to put fighters first, and we’re both committed to bringing boxing to the masses.”
Haye believes that Schaefer and himself will bring UK boxing to a new level.
“The promoters who have dominated the British scene until now have done a good job,” he said. “But with Richard’s unrivalled track record coupled with my first hand insight understanding the needs of a fighter through the evolution of their career, Hayemaker Ringstar provides fighters with the perfect environment to maximise their potential, both in the ring and commercially. I have no doubt that Hayemaker Ringstar will become the UK’s leading promotional company.”
Hayemaker Ringstar’s first promotion will be Haye’s bout with Tony Bellew on March 4 at the O2 Arena in London, a co-promotion with Bellew’s promoters, Matchroom Boxing.