Eddie Hearn announces brilliant, bonkers plan to stage Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin fight in his back garden

Eddie Hearn has announced that Matchroom will host the return boxing in the UK with fights in their back garden.

The sport has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the promoter is now finalising plans for behind-closed-doors shows in a fantastic, albeit mad, location.

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The stunning mansion has a large back lawn where a ring will be built
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Hearn released images of what the setup will look like
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The idea is for boxing to be staged on the lawn at Matchroom HQ.

This building is in fact the mansion in Brentwood, Essex where Hearn grew up as a child.

It has since been converted into their office and will now be repurposed once again.

From July, Hearn plans to stage shows broadcast on Sky Sports and DAZN from the garden under the title ‘Matchroom Fight Camp’.

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Hearn intends for there to be plenty of drama in the production
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The series will run for four consecutive Saturdays in July/August, starting with Terri Harper vs Natasha Jonas and ending with Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin.

Hearn told the Mail: “Just imagine it. It is summer, the house is all lit up, you can see Canary Wharf in the distance and fireworks are going off.

“Then over the hill walk Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin for a massive tear up on my lawn.

“World championship boxing in my garden? Oh, go on then.

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Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin’s fight has been postponed
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“We cannot just bring boxing back with a dark studio.

“We have built our product on the razzmatazz, the sexiness and the drama

“It has all been about building that moment for a fight, so we cannot afford to just bring people out like a gameshow.

“We want to create a gladiatorial environment that will not only ensure compelling viewing but will also ensure fighters can perform at the highest level.”

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