Hearn showed off “Fight Camp” progress Monday
We are now just days away from Matchroom Boxing unveiling their “Fight Camp” series to be held outdoors on the backside of their massive property headquarters starting this Saturday night. And on Monday, promoter Eddie Hearn was showing off the progress of their “makeshift boxing venue.”
Hearn posted an Instagram live video showing the temporary fighter dressing room, the path behind the estate that will represent the ring walk and then, the temporary ring being built in the garden of the backyard:
The first set of bouts will be on Saturday night August 1st and will be headlined by Britain’s Sam Eggington 28-6, 17 KOs in a 12-round IBF International Super Welterweight battle against fellow contender Ted Cheeseman.
Six days later the second fight card of Matchroom “Fight Camp” will feature women’s Unified Super Featherweight champ, unbeaten (10-0, 5 KOs) Terry Harper against British rival, Natasha Jones.
Unbeaten British middleweight Felix Cash (12-0, 8 KOs) will be the “Fight Camp” main event, Friday night August 14th, putting his Commonwealth middleweight Championship up against Jason Welborn.
The biggest of the four fight card series will happen Saturday night August 22nd, and that’s when WBC number one contending heavyweight Dillian Whyte of England will be back in action against former IBF Champion, Russian Alexander Povetkin.
That title eliminator showdown was originally scheduled for May 2nd in Manchester before the shutdown of the sport do to Covid-19. Hearn and Matchroom have been hesitant to have that fight without fans, but now see it as an important opportunity to re-vive the sport in the short term in the U.K.
Also on August 22nd, Ireland’s unbeaten, Undisputed Women’s World Lightweight champ, Katie Taylor, will rematch veteran Delphine Persoon.
Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) completed her fairy-tale journey from Olympic Gold to Undisputed Lightweight World Champion with a thrilling but controversial decision win over Belgium’s Persoon at the Madison Square Garden last June. That bout was on the undercard of Andy Ruiz’s stunning TKO upset of Joshua.
Hearn is hopeful that shows with at least some fans, socially distanced, etc., will be on the horizon in the Fall.