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‘A massive tear-up on my lawn’: World champ’s promoter plans bouts in back garden

London: Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is planning to organise fights in his back garden when professional boxing returns in July after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Hearn’s mansion home and headquarters in Brentwood, to the north-east of London, has extensive grounds and he told Saturday’s Daily Mail he envisaged fight nights on four consecutive weekends behind closed doors.

Britain's Anthony Joshua (left) and Russia's Alexander Povetkin (right) with promoter Eddie Hearn before a title fight in 2018.

Britain’s Anthony Joshua (left) and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (right) with promoter Eddie Hearn before a title fight in 2018.Credit:AP

“It is a huge mission. 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,” Hearn said.

“Just imagine it. It is summer, the house is all lit up, you can see Canary Wharf in the distance and fireworks are going off. Then, over the hill, walk Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin for a massive tear-up on my lawn.”

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