What Is The Future Of ‘Matchroom Fight Camp’, Per Eddie Hearn?
Looking to return to action in a safe way, Eddie Hearn’s creation of “Matchroom Fight Camp” has come alive before our very eyes. Could it end up being a long-term thing?
Hearn spoke to the media during a press conference before the first “Fight Camp” bout, scheduled for August 1. Sam Eggington will face off against Ted Cheeseman, but not in an arena as Top Rank has done with the MGM Grand Conference Center, or Showtime will do with the Mohegan Sun Arena. It will take place in the backyard of Matchroom’s UK offices. The 15-acre land in Brentwood, Essex will host some of the top fights in boxing today from the 1st to August 22.
“I’ve seen other people come back, studios, empty casinos, great, and we credit them,” Hearn stated “We are different. We wanted to make a bang. We wanted to make an impact. We wanted to show you how great the sport of boxing is. This time you are going to hear everything. You’re going to hear pin drops around the house and the grounds of Matchroom HQ.
“You’re going to hear the punches land to the rib cage. You’re going to hear the fighters wincing in agony. You’re going to hear the fighters talking to each other, the referees instructions and you’re going to hear the dialogue between the corner teams when it gets really tough.”
“Fight Camp” was formerly Hearn’s old childhood home. He took it over when his parents moved out. Now the central “Bubble” for all fighters competing, a piece of Hearn’s childhood will be a canvas for fighters to produce classic’s.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, “Fight Camp” has been a Plan-B of sorts. If everything ends up returning to normal, Hearn may end up playing around with the idea of keeping “Fight Camp” for the future.
“I was just thinking as I was walking around that this could be a yearly thing,” Hearn said, via Boxing Scene. “You know how much people would pay to get in here? Especially for Whyte v Povetkin. I’ve had people come on to me and say ‘Is there any chance?’ They would pay more than £5,000. There are no barriers, you could sit here with a nice hospitality area with some buckets of beers and champagne. It’s the seat of a lifetime.”
Eggington will be defending his IBF International Super-Welterweight TItle against Cheeseman and the fight will air on DAZN.