Eddie Hearn's plans for a big doubleheader originally set for July are now being looked at for an August date.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn had scheduled a boxing card on July 4 that was going to be headlined by Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin. In addition, the chief support for that card was going to be a long-awaited fight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano for the undisputed lightweight championship.
But with the coronavirus pandemic forcing boxing to be put on hold for a couple of months, that card had to be scrapped, with no definitive date yet to be announced. But in an interview with Boxing Scene, Hearn said those fights are being planned for either August 8 or 15 as part of a four-week series of fights that are planned to take place at the Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood, Essex. The series of fights is set to tentatively start either on July 18 or 25, concluding with the Whyte vs. Povetkin card.
“I started off thinking July 4, but then you realize that is six weeks away. I appreciate that some people are only going to need a month to get ready, but some people are going to need eight weeks. So I am looking at July 18 or 25 as our start date for the UK Fight Camp," Hearn said.
Boxing events in the United Kingdom are still not happening and the British Boxing Board of Control is hoping to allow events in the coming weeks, starting with shows closed off to fans and the public.
The United States, meanwhile, is getting ready to have boxing return in June. Recently, the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved Top Rank to do shows on June 9 and 11.