Eddie Hearn was once close to being involved in rugby league but that never come off.
Hearn has now suggested that the sport is in trouble because of a lack of stars.
“Stars are the most important thing. We were close to doing something with rugby league a few years ago but it was all or nothing,” he said on the Good, the Bad and the Rugby.
“It has to be built and the problem is that both codes aren’t delivering numbers. Away from the big international stuff and the Six Nations, stuff like that, the reality is that viewing figures are horrendous and the reason is because you don’t have any stars.
“The reason you don’t have any stars is one of two reasons, one because maybe there aren’t any characters or personalities around anymore or two, they’re not accessible.
“I would think that there has to be but also I’m a promoter of individuals really but to promote a sport essentially, you have to highlight those people and make them stars.”
He revealed that he couldn’t name a current player with Jamie Peacock and Ellery Hanley who he thinks off:
“I said to the rugby league guys ‘I couldn’t name you half a dozen players’ and actually even in rugby now. That’s frightening.
“I said to the rugby league guys ‘do you know when I think of rugby league I think of Ellery Hanley, maybe Jamie Peacock’ but that’s who I grew up with.”