Eddie Hearn has revealed he intends to restart Matchroom Boxing‘s schedule in his back garden. The British boxing schedule has been decimated by the coronavirus lockdown, which has laid waste to several high-profile fights. Matchroom, in particular, have felt the brunt of the lockdown, which has forced them to indefinitely postpone several events.
In April, Eddie Hearn outlined plans for the promotion to get back up running within a six-week time frame; revealing he was planning on building an arena capable of staging fights.
That arena will be built in his garden, where around 80-90 people – including Matchroom staff, fighters and cornerman – will be in attendance.
Eddie Hearn admits the outlay to facilitate his plan will be large, telling the Daily Mail: “Financially this will be painful for us but after the momentum we have worked so hard to build over the past 10 years, I’m not going to let boxing just dribble back.
“While other guys go with arenas and empty studios, ours will look very different.
Hearn’s £1million plan will kick off with a British title fight between Terri Harper and Natasha Jones in July before closing out with Dillian Whyte’s interim WBC heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin sometime in August.
As well as bringing live boxing matches back to our screens, Eddie Hearn is determined to bring some of the glitz and the glamour associated with Matchroom.
“We cannot just bring boxing back with a dark studio,” Hearn said. “We have built our product on the razzmatazz, the sexiness and the drama.
“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.”
Eddie Hearn is well aware of the size of the task on his hands, especially when it comes to implementing strict COVID-19 testing and effective social distancing.
“It is a huge mission,” he said. “We are going to turn our headquarters here into an outdoor venue for live boxing, with a full canopy in the middle of the garden and the ring overlooking London.