Matchroom Boxing’s Aug. 15 return to the United States will be headlined by two world title fights, and as for venue, Eddie Hearn and Co. are setting up to run outdoors in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The show will feature no fans in attendance and strictly enforced social distancing, according to a press release. The show will somewhat mimic what Matchroom plan to do in the UK starting Aug. 1, with outdoor fights at Matchroom headquarters.
“For our return in the US we wanted to stage something as unique, ambitious, and spectacular as we have with Fight Camp at Matchroom HQ in the UK, and I believe that’s exactly what we have in Oklahoma,” Hearn said.
“We had so many options and offers on the table for our return on Aug. 15 from coast-to-coast, but I’m just not a believer in boxing in a studio setting — the fighters and the sport deserve more than that.”
Hearn said that the city of Tulsa “shared Matchroom’s vision” on bringing something unique and interesting to the city. The show will feature Julio Cesar Martinez defending his WBC flyweight title against McWilliams arroyo, and undisputed women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus facing 140-pound titleholder Jessica McCaskill, plus prospects Shakhram Giyasov, Nikita Ababiy, Ray Ford, and Marc Castro in action.
The show will stream live on DAZN.