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Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp schedule involving Conor Benn accidentally leaked in fan photo

Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn inadvertently leaked the organisation’s upcoming Fight Camp schedule on Thursday, with the 42-year-old failing to hide his notes while taking a photo with a fan. The upcoming set of bouts will see British welterweight Conor Benn return to action alongside the likes of Joshua Buatsi, Kid Galahad and Avni Yildirim at Matchroom’s Brentwood facility.

Hearn engineered the Fight Camp concept last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc in the world of boxing and the wider sporting scene.

Dillian Whyte’s defeat at the hands of Alexander Povetkin was the highest-profile fight to take place during the 2020 edition, while Ted Cheeseman’s gruelling points victory over Sam Eggington for the IBF International super-welterweight strap marked another highlight.

A packed schedule is expected to grace Fight Camp once again this time around, with Hearn accidentally unveiling the line-up in a photo of himself and a fan that was posted to Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

The esteemed promoter, who oversees the career of two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, was snapped on a train with a page of notes on the table in front of him that unwittingly revealed his plans for the world to see.

Benn, the highly-rated son of British boxing legend Nigel, tops the bill for week one with a WBA Continental welterweight title defence against Mexican challenger Adrian Granados.

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The latter has previously beaten the likes of Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter and should provide a strong test for Benn, who is yet to taste defeat after winning each of his 18 professional fights.

Meanwhile, female bantamweight champion Shannon Courtenay will be aiming to avenge last year’s defeat by Rachel Ball in a highly-anticipated rematch.

British super-middleweight Jack Cullen will also be in action against Yildirim, who was beaten by pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in February, while Anthony Fowler and Campbell Hatton are set to feature but their respective opponents are yet to be confirmed.

In week two, Galahad has been paired with Liverpool-based fighter James Dickens for an all-British clash, with Florian Marku scheduled to face Maxim Prodan in the featherweight division.

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Emerging heavyweight Johnny Fisher will also take to the ring as he looks to rack up three wins from as many professional outings.

The third and final week on Hearn’s list appeared to show just one fight, with Buatsi set to trade blows with Ricards Bolotniks of Latvia.

The former, who boasts an unbeaten record, will be hoping to retain his WBA International light-heavyweight title with a commanding performance.

Hearn recently suggested that Fight Camp could become a regular event after the conclusion of the pandemic, admitting that he was overwhelmed by the success of last year’s inaugural edition.

“This year’s Fight Camp will be on a whole new level in terms of the cards and the main events,” the Matchroom chief told DAZN earlier this week.

“The entertainment, the presentation, everything will be souped up for the 2021 Fight Camp. Even though we’ve only done one so far, we’re really hoping to make this a bit of a flagship event for Matchroom Boxing.

“The value we had as a business through creating Fight Camp was second to none because the world was watching, with no live events, or only a few events in a studio somewhere in a cul-de-sac.

“All of a sudden, we came out with fireworks blazing, electric ring walks, in our garden at our HQ. And the reception we received, even though we lost a lot of money, was great for our business even if not profitable.

“This year, again, it won’t be about making a lot of money. We will be investing it all into the production and the fighters.”


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