Boxing fans in the U.K. are anxious to see some of their familiar fighters step back into the ring post-Covid 19 outbreak, and Matchroom Boxing intends to deliver on that beginning next month. On Friday, the promotion will make official their “fight camp” schedule official, as they hold bouts on the property of their headquarters in a London suburb.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 24, 2020
Hearn has previously announced that they will follow British Boxing Board of Control guidelines, once given clearance to begin the fights without fans present.
There will be a maximum of five of them on a fight card in successive weeks, and the fighters, their teams, and all other essential personnel with the fights will be housed at the estate in quarantine and tested for Covid-19.
It is believed that the first card will feature a woman’s World title clash between Terry Harper and Natasha Jonas either on July 18th. There would apparently be three more successive Saturday fight cards that would eventually culminate with England’s Dillian Whyte fighting his postponed heavyweight Contender battle with former IBF champion, Russian Alexander Povetkin.
Boxing insider Mike Coppinger of the Athletic reported Wednesday that Whyte-Povetkin will be in late August:
Dillian Whyte will fight Alexander Povetkin on Aug. 22 in the finale of Matchroom Fight Camp, sources tell The Athletic. The heavyweight showdown will be streamed on DAZN and culminates four weeks of fights from Eddie Hearn’s garden.
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) June 24, 2020
Whyte and Povetkin’s 12 round non title bout was to have headlined on May 2nd in the Manchester Arena before being postponed by the Coronavirus outbreak. Both fighters are hoping for title consideration, although both have previously failed pre and post fight drug tests.
Whyte did not hesitate to offer that he’s fought in all types of environments and will be ready to go at the Matchroom HQ,
“I had a ‘War’ with Chisora, co main event in Manchester, in front of thousands of people. Then, I went up to America to fight after. I think I fought in front of 800 people, because I was the first fight on there….but I got the job done. I went out there (to the USA) professional and I dealt with it.”
Whyte has also been trying in nearby Portugal since the beginning of the Pandemic to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.
Finally, Hearn has previously detailed that there plan will be for approximately 90 individuals to stage the fights, plus the TV broadcast, etcetera on the Matchroom property for the shows.
Now, we wait for all of the final details from Matchroom.