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Whyte-Povetkin Could Be First Big Fight Behind Closed Doors

The heavyweight scrap between Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin could kick off a behind closed doors, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The fight was initially scheduled for May 2 in Manchester, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it was pushed back to July.

Boxing in the UK has been halted for the British Boxing Board of Control since March.

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BBBoC is now working on a plan which may see boxing return in July, in a setting that is behind closed doors.

Hearn, and the main event fighters, are very willing to do their event behind closed doors.

"When Whyte knocks out Povetkin, stands on the turnbuckle and there's six people watching, it will be weird," Hearn told BBC Sport. "But I want people to tune in and say 'wow'.

"When Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline is playing and you open the curtain and see 20,000 people screaming, it's quite easy to peak if you're a good fighter. But doing that behind closed doors is going to be a different kind of challenge. I don't see how boxing in a studio does anything for the sport. It's four walls in a dark environment with no character or personality.

"I want to build a fight camp, a different kind of environment, more dramatic. It will look spectacular on TV. We need to dramatise it. It's about taking over a hotel, testing all the teams, creating a sterile fight camp where no-one goes in until we know they've had a negative test. It's about creating changing room areas, ring walks. It will add to the story."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 05-01-2020

Whyte is one of the best fighters in the world today. He wants the best fighters while 80% of the HW division are avoiding each other. You'd never see Fury in with anyone in the top-10 who doesn't have a…

Comment by HughJass on 05-01-2020

It's impossible to break even on any level of fight for promoters it's that simple. Things won't be back to normal for some time. I've heard how sponsorship companies have folded leaving fighters with no income whatsoever during this time.…

Comment by Oshio on 05-01-2020

Eddie likes money too much. There's no way this will be possible... Worse, this is not a PPV fight. Oh, please Where's DAZN?

Comment by thack on 05-01-2020

[QUOTE=rudy;20544736]if the public buy this bull***** Eddie should run for President of USA. Seriously we have two drug cheats fighting on PPV. Make this fight a normal sky sports fight not PPV. for the last 3 months we have had…

Comment by rudy on 05-01-2020

if the public buy this bull***** Eddie should run for President of USA. Seriously we have two drug cheats fighting on PPV. Make this fight a normal sky sports fight not PPV. for the last 3 months we have had…

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