Matchroom held Friday weigh-ins and no Covid 19 positives
The stage is set for Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing’s “Fight Camp” series to become a reality on Saturday night.
This after more than two months of planning and several weeks of preparation to convert the Matchroom Headquarters in Essex, England into an outdoor facility that could house fight cards without fans present.
And, on Friday, the official weigh-ins were held for the first of those “Fight Camp” shows which will be held Saturday night.
In the main event, British Junior Middleweight contender Sam Eggington (28-6, 17 KOs), will defend his IBF “Inernational” 154 lb. title against fellow English Contender, Ted Cheeseman.
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Another obstacle in the resumption of boxing in the U.K. was also apparently cleared on Friday, when none of the fighters or their corner personnel on the five bout card tested positive for Covid-19.
Hearn and Matchroom set up their own version of a “bubble,” much like what Top Rank Boxing has done for June and July in Las Vegas. The fighters are actually in quarantine (and have been the last few days), in different housing accommodations on the property for the fights Saturday night.
Of course, a problem still could arise, just as it did two days ago with Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime’s return to the sport this weekend. They had to switch their main event Saturday night in Connecticut after Junior Featherweight contender, Stephen Fulton, tested positive Wednesday for Coronavirus.
Top Rank Boxing has had to juggle similar problems with its “bubble” series including positive test for WBO Junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring, not once but twice, postponing his scheduled title defense there.
The Fight Camp series will take place for the first four weekends in August and will culminate with a main event showdown between prominent English heavyweight Contender, Dillian Whyte and former IBF, heavyweight champion, Russian Alexander Povetkin.