Inside Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp HQ – ‘surreal’ venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

The coronavirus pandemic brought sport to a complete standstill for a number of months, meaning some have had to get creative now that its back.

Like we have seen from Dana White and the UFC, the show must go on – and Eddie Hearn is demonstrating that now with ‘Fight Camp’.

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

The Matchroom offices are all decked out and ready to go

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp went from an idea to reality

Instead of running an empty arena bereft of fans – or securing a private island – the Matchroom chief decided to erect his own mini-arena in the garden of his promotion’s boxing HQ.

Matchroom’s offices are actually 41-year-old Hearn’s old family home.

He moved there when he was five and his father, Barry, paid £200,000 for the property.

Hearn says the property has brought nothing but luck to himself when it comes to family and business.

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

Dillian Whyte arrived at Matchroom Fight Camp earlier this week

It has a pool and a gym which Hearn’s staff and pool of fighters have been known to use.

The property also boasts a lush, expansive garden that comes complete with a helipad, but right now it is dominated by the new mini-arena that is known as Fight Camp.

Hearn has made sure the fighters have their own changing rooms with mini ring walk, the ring area and a section behind the ring where the Matchroom boss admits he hopes to have press in for Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin, the fourth and final Fight Camp event.

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

Hearn has had a ring built in the garden of his former family home, which is now the HQ of Matchroom Boxing

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

The ring is placed and ready to go for some boxing action

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

An aerial shot of the Mathchroom HQ as it prepares to host live boxing

A look around Matchroom Boxing's Fight Camp

Fighters are currently staying at a hotel located minutes away and everything possible is being done to ensure they remain healthy and isolated until fight time.

“You don’t enter the hotel specifically,” Hearn explained. “You enter a side building and you get tested and then you get your key, go into your room and don’t leave until you get the results.

“Once you get a negative results, you are allowed into Matchroom Fight Camps.

“We create a sterile environment. No one is allowed to interact with anyone from outside fight camp during that period.

“The problem with this virus is people are still learning. We are having a dozen calls a day with doctors and testing facilities. It’s such a mountain to climb.

“We are going to be having around 90 people on site and everyone will be tested before they go into the facility.”

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

Strict testing – like the one being carried out on James Tennyson – is mandatory

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

This is where the fighter’s will change before their fights at Fight Camp

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

The dressing rooms have been decked out in Matchroom messaging and include plenty of refreshments

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

It might look like the holding area of a paintball centre, but this is where the toughest boxers in the world will prepare for their next fight – and it’s thanks to the forward thinking of Eddie Hearn

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

The entrance to Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters

Inside Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp HQ - 'surreal' venue for Whyte vs Povetkin

All the action will be live on Sky Sports

Spencer Oliver, who is in the bubble, told talkSPORT: “This bubble we are in is so unusual. It’s one wing of a hotel. You can imagine there’s a courtyard, I’m sitting in there now, it’s 20ft long by 20ft wide.

“Dillian has got a Winnebago that’s just outside because he didn’t want to stay in the hotel with Povetkin.

“Povetkin sits at a table that’s right opposite Dillian’s Winnebago, about 10ft away. Surreal times.

“I think Dillian Whyte said ‘listen the situation we’re in, I don’t want to be up close and personal with my opponent’.

“I’m sitting here now and Katie Taylor just walked past. Delfine Persoon, who she’s fighting, has just walked past as well.

“They are literally sitting at the same table. It’s a really strange environment. In all the years I’ve been involved in boxing I’ve never seen anything like it.

“Everything has gone really well. Everything has been cool since he’s been locked away in that little Winnebago.”

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