Eddie Hearn has filled Wembley Stadium with 80,000 fans and sold out Madison Square Garden.
For his next trick, British boxing’s showmaker is putting fights on in his Essex back garden, arguably his biggest challenge to date.
“I’m very nervous about it,” said Hearn ahead of the first weekend of a month-long Fight Camp. “It could be blowing a gale, there might be rain, there’s Covid positive tests to contend with and fighters potentially pulling out.
“Local residents have kicked up a fuss, we’ve had to deal with the council, there’s the health and safety aspect. There were a couple of times where I said ‘let’s just do it in York Hall’ but that would just look s**t.
“This is a very different challenge to anything we’ve done and I hope we never have to experience it again. It will go down in history as something quite unique.”
The main draw for Fight Camp 1 is Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman, with Fight Camp 4 climaxing with Dillian Whyte taking on Alexander Povetkin for the WBC interim heavyweight title.
Hearn says he owes it to boxers, some of whom have not fought for a year, to give them a platform on which to perform, rather than “an empty dark studio”.
He said: “I saw the first images of Fight Camp outside with ring walks, fireworks and music. I want a piece of that. And it’s a dangerous sport so we can’t underprepare or not be up for it. Once the punches land, everyone will be up for it.
“Having no crowds will allow us to focus on the other stuff: the rawness and sound of the punches to the head and body, fighters talking mid-fight, hearing the fight from the corner. It’s something people can really embrace.”
Whyte is the big draw and is edging closer to a fight against Tyson Fury.
“Dillian’s profile is going through the roof and not just because of his performances. The public love him,” said Hearn. “He beats Povetkin and he’s banging on the door of Tyson Fury, and he’s not going away. He wants to get what he deserves and what he’s been promised. He’s well up for it, and wants to fight everyone.”
Fight Camp is, in many ways, just the stepping stone to what could be a massive 12 to 18 months for Hearn with the Anthony Joshua-Fury double-header on the cards.
Hearn added: “We sometimes have to pinch ourselves. We have two heavyweight world champions and they’re both British.”