Finale For ‘Matchroom Fight Camp’ Announced
This summer, Matchroom Boxing is planning to host fights from the backyard of Matchroom’s UK office. The 15-acre land in Brentwood, Essex is the former childhood home of Eddie Hearn, who has been looking to host big fights for the event. A top heavyweight fight is scheduled to close off the “Matchroom Fight Camp” experience.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will finally face off on August 22. It is unknown if the fight would still be for Whyte’s interim title.
The two were supposed to fight one another on May 2 in Manchester. The fight was postponed due to the coronavirus and was rumored for late July. By then, Matchroom was hoping to put on events with fans. Due to the latest concerns regarding the virus, we well as an update by the British Boxing Board of Control, the bout was called off by Matchroom.
Whyte (27-1) has not fought since December when he beat Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision. On an eleven-fight win streak, “The Body Snatcher” won the interim WBC title against Oscar Rivas in July. The 32-year-old has been the number one-ranked fighter for the WBC since 2017.
The WBC recently stated Whyte would be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury trilogy bout before an agreed (in principle) bout between Fury and Anthony Joshua. This came after rumors of Fury becoming a potential “franchise” champion.
Povetkin (35-2-1) last fought in December as well, fighting Michael Hunter to a split decision draw. He is 1-1-1 in his last three fights, his last win against Hughie Fury for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title.
It is unknown the status of the fight between Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor, which was supposed to co-feature the card. Hearn is expected to announce all the bouts for “Matchroom Fight Camp” this Friday.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 24, 2020