Ted Cheeseman won a dramatic majority decision against British light-middleweight rival Sam Eggington as big-time boxing returned to the United Kingdom in a unique setting on Saturday.

Seeking a solution to provide a spectacle while fans are still unable to attend sporting events in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic, Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn staged the first of four "Fight Camp" events in his childhood back garden.

The sprawling grounds of Matchroom's headquarters – still home to Hearn's father and company founder Barry Hearn – were the backdrop for this taste of boxing in the COVID-19 age.

Neil Diamond's hit Sweet Caroline, long established as the singalong anthem for British boxing's signature nights, boomed into the Essex air along with an array of fireworks and pyrotechnics as Cheeseman and Eggington made their way to the ring.

Master of Ceremonies David Diamante held nothing back during the introductory razzamatazz and the fighters followed suit, with backward steps a rarity during an all-action affair.

Cheeseman's crisper boxing held sway early on – decisively so as he was given the nod 116-113 (twice) and 115-114 on the scorecards - and a booming counter-right in the second had Eggington (28-7) in trouble.

But the Birmingham brawler, defending the IBF international light-middleweight belt he won by stunning home favourite Orlando Fiordigiglio in Florence last year, came on strong during the middle rounds, his probing jab and left hook leaving Cheeseman with a bloodied nose.

Cheeseman (16-2-1) staggered his foe once more in eight but Eggington showed incredible reserves in a toe-to-toe contest and looked close to the stoppage he needed during a thrilling round 12.

But the Londoner fired back and held on to snap a three-fight winless streak.

On the undercard, former world-title challenger James Tennyson stopped Gavin Gwynne in six to win the vacant British lightweight title.

Next week's Fight Camp is headlined by the WBC super-featherweight clash between champion Terri Harper and 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas, while the series concludes with the heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin on August 22.

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua will fight in any location, even if it is behind closed doors or at the promoter's home.

Joshua, who was set to face Kubrat Pulev in June and has also agreed to a two-fight deal with Tyson Fury, has not fought since regaining his WBA, IFB and WBO heavyweight belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.

Hearn, meanwhile, has constructed a ring in the grounds of his estate in Essex, with the aim for boxing to return from the coronavirus-enforced break with an event called 'Fight Camp'.

The event is set to start next month, and though Joshua is not currently slated to be involved, Hearn is adamant the 30-year-old is willing to fight anywhere.

"Joshua would fight here [at Hearn's home], no problem," Hearn told BBC Sport.

"If we were faced with the option of having no fans for an Anthony Joshua fight, we would still look to go ahead. He's spent a lot of time training out here in this garden so he would have no problem fighting here himself.

"He was here a couple of weeks ago. He loves to fight, to box and it's not just about fighting in a huge arena – Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden – it's about boxing.

"We want him to be in front of crowds. But for his career, for his development, he needs to fight this year."

Hearn is also confident Joshua's planned fight with Pulev will go ahead in 2020.

"Of course fighters want to earn as much money as possible but they also need to develop as fighters and I think the Kubrat Pulev fight is a good, solid, tough fight for him and I am almost certain you will see that fight this year," Hearn added.

"He wants to improve as a fighter and he will do it anywhere, anytime."

Promoter Bob Arum has revealed a fight between Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao could still be on the cards, potentially before the end of 2020.

A bout between the two has long been talked about but has failed to materialise, though Top Rank boss Arum has raised hopes over what would be a lucrative showdown.

WBO welterweight champion Crawford plans to be in action before the end of the year after twice defending his title in 2019, recording stoppage victories over Amir Khan and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.

A unification clash with Pacquiao, who holds the WBA 'Super' title, is a possibility, albeit "nothing is concrete" as negotiations continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Pacquiao fight, obviously we'd like to do it," Arum – who promotes Crawford – told BoxingScene.com.

"Whether we can do it, how we can do it, that's what we're figuring out now.

"Obviously, if it can happen it'll happen, and if it can't happen, it won't happen. But nothing is concrete on that. We hope we can do it. We're trying, but this is not a usual situation."

Whether it is Pacquiao next remains to be seen, but Crawford has been told to be ready for action in November.

Kell Brook, the former IBF champion, has also been rumoured as a potential option for 'Bud', who boasts an unblemished 36-fight record in the paid ranks.

"We told Terence that he's scheduled to fight in November," Arum added.

"If it can't be Pacquiao for various reasons, then we'll match him with somebody else. But we told Terence to prepare for mid-November, whether it's November 14 or 21."

George Foreman believes the exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr is a "beautiful thing", even if there is a danger in the pair stepping back into the ring.

Tyson has confirmed he will make a comeback on September 12 in Las Vegas, taking on four-weight world champion Jones in a pay-per-view contest between two legendary names in the sport.

The 54-year-old - whose last outing was way back in 2005, when he retired against Kevin McBride - has teased the possibility of a return in recent months, posting videos on social media as he worked out in the gym.

Foreman understands better than most why the duo have signed up for the showdown. At the age of 45, he became the oldest heavyweight champion when he famously stopped Michael Moorer.

"There's a time when you've got to worry about your health, but it's a beautiful thing that they would even come out [and fight]," Foreman told TMZ Sport. 

"Perhaps they can name a charity to be the recipient of the funds. I think it's good to come out, but it's got to be a fun thing."

While making clear the dangers of competing again, Foreman expects it would have been impossible to change Tyson's mind once it was made up.

He said: "Boxing is nothing to play with. I would tell them that it's really dangerous.

"But when you make up your mind to do something like that, you can't tell them not to do it. They're not going to hear that.

"Even me, a big fool like me, back in the day, I only saw what I wanted to see."

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua hopes Mike Tyson's return to boxing "adds value" to the sport.

Tyson, 54, will return to the ring for the first time in 15 years to take on 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight on September 12.

Jones was a four-weight champion – becoming the first former world middleweight ruler to win a heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimmons 106 years earlier when he beat John Ruiz in 2003.

The all-time great has a professional record of 66-9 and has not fought since February 2018.

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson retired with a 50-6 record following a defeat to Kevin McBride in 2005.

Reigning WBA, WBO and IBF king Joshua supports Tyson's return to the sport and hopes it can have a positive effect on boxing.

"Mike Tyson hitting the pads with that ferocious behaviour is just second nature to him, but to someone watching from home it looks like this guy's going to come and rule the heavyweight division," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"But I think that it's a passion they both love, it's what they know. Mike Tyson has been fighting since he was 13 years old. Roy Jones' dad pushed him and forced him to be a great.

"Good luck to them both, it's all they know. They haven't got to do it to compete with the young lions in the division now because we're bigger, we're stronger.

"Science has improved, there's more technology. The sporting world has developed as a whole.

"But if Mike Tyson wants to come back and fight someone from his era, for the love of the sport, crack on.

"I wish them both well, I hope they come out healthy and I hope it adds value to the sport of boxing – the sport we love."

Anthony Joshua joked heavyweight rival Tyson Fury "blew his cover" through the pair's chance meeting in Marbella last week.

Photographs of unified IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua talking to WBC king Fury as the latter passed him in a car at the Spanish resort again set tongues wagging over a long-mooted meeting in the ring.

Fury must first come through a third encounter with American knockout artist Deontay Wilder, who he dethroned spectacularly in February, while Joshua has an obligation to IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, who he was slated to meet in June at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua acknowledged a fight with Fury has to happen in the near future and poked some gentle fun at his fellow Briton.

"It's only right that me and him will bump heads soon. We're going to put on a great show for the British public, the world public," Joshua said.

"It's going to be a massive fight. I'm looking forward to it.

"What was cheeky about the situation [in Marbella] was he couldn't even get out of the car and offer me a drink.

"I don't know how he saw me because I had my mask on, my hat on and everything.

"He's obviously got his eye on me. He's probably following me around, he blew his cover!

"All respect to him. He was with his wife as well, all respect to her. They're a humble family."

Joshua attended a Black Lives Matter rally in his hometown of Watford on crutches last month, although he reported encouraging progress from a knee complaint.

"I think you saw I bumped into Tyson Fury last week. I'm on my feet, I'm going for my 10,000 steps," he added.

"I'm in the gym, I'm standing up, I'm smashing the heavy bag, smashing the bag. The knee's good."

Mike Tyson will make his boxing comeback in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr in September.

The 54-year-old former undisputed world heavyweight champion will face Jones in a bout broadcast on pay-per-view and via social media platform Triller.

Tyson's last fight was a defeat to Kevin McBride in 2005, while his opponent, who is 51, has not fought since 2018.

The fight, set at eight rounds, is to take place on September 12.

"It's like David a Goliath. He's a giant," Jones Jr said in a video release.

"I'm the little David who only has God on my side. That's all I need."

Tyson was undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990 and won 50 of his 58 professional fights, 44 of which came by knockout.

Jones Jr, who expressed interest in a bout with Tyson last month, was a title-holder in four divisions and won 66 of 75 career fights.

Billy Joe Saunders has been fined £15,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) after posting a social media video in which he seemingly endorsed domestic violence – although the WBO super-middleweight champion has been cleared to box again.

In the video, Saunders – a two-weight world champion who boasts an unblemished 29-0 professional record – demonstrated to his followers how to hit a woman "on the chin" if she was "giving you mouth" during the UK's coronavirus lockdown back in March.

The 30-year-old told talkSPORT he did not condone domestic abuse in a subsequent apology.

"I said it as a bit of a joke at first. I wasn't obviously thinking," he said.

"It was a silly mistake but I didn’t mean to cause any harm to anyone and I certainly wouldn't promote domestic violence."

However, the BBBofC suspended Saunders' license as it launched an investigation into the matter.

Those proceedings concluded on Wednesday, with the Beijing Olympian found guilty of misconduct.

His fine will be donated to charitable causes.

A BBBofC statement read: "Billy Joe Saunders appeared before stewards of the board on Wednesday, July  22, 2020 due to recent comments made on Social Media.

"Following consideration of Mr. Saunders' explanation, the stewards found Mr Saunders guilty of misconduct and have fined him £15,000 to be donated to charities.

"The suspension of his boxer's licence has been lifted."

Saunders had been slated to face pound-for-pound superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May before the COVID-19 shutdown laid waste to the boxing schedule.

He recently ruled himself out of the running to take on the Mexican four-weight ruler in September, meaning domestic rival and the WBA 168-pound champion Callum Smith is now viewed as a frontrunner for the money-spinning Alvarez assignment.

Anthony Joshua's world titles could "slip from him again" if he does not take the fight to Kubrat Pulev, says trainer Peter Fury.

The Briton shockingly lost his IBF, WBA and WBO belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in July 2019 before regaining them with a convincing performance in a December rematch.

Joshua's next defence is against Pulev, though a venue and a date have yet to be confirmed due to continued uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.

Should Joshua come through unscathed, a lucrative unification bout with countryman Tyson Fury is on the cards, providing the WBC title holder defends his own strap against Deontay Wilder.

But Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and former trainer, thinks Joshua can ill afford to look too far ahead.

"Pulev is very cagey and he'll come in top condition as well, and he's really up for this fight," he told Sky Sports.

"He's got a very good jab. He's a very underestimated boxer is Pulev. He's very awkward.

"You've got to break him down and AJ will have to take chances in this fight, because he's not going to just simply be able to land that double jab and right hand on Pulev, no matter how sharp he is.

"AJ has got to take it to him and be explosive, but be clever with it. You have to fancy the younger man, but like I said, you can't put anything past Pulev, because he's a very cute, professional fighter.

"It's not a pushover fight this, it's a serious fight. When people are famous in boxing everyone expects them to win, but it's not the case in this fight.

"This fight is a dangerous fight for him. If he doesn't keep 100 per cent focused, this fight can slip from him again."

The WBO junior lightweight title bout has been called off after champion Jamel Herring tested positive for coronavirus.

Herring (21-2) and Jonathan Oquendo (31-6) were due to meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday, after the fight was originally scheduled for July 2.

The bout was initially postponed after Herring contracted COVID-19 and promoter Top Rank announced on Monday that the American boxer tested positive a second time.

Top Rank did not announce whether the fight would be rescheduled.

"I feel great, I had the best [weight] cut ever. I was actually on weight days ago," Herring told ESPN. "I'm actually more bummed out about this for my team because we put in so much work.

"We even had the extra weeks for the fight after the original date. The main thing is I took time away from my family. But I'm more upset for the people around me. But I feel great."

Herring, who wants the bout to be rescheduled for August, later tweeted: "These tests are 30 per cent faulty... Here's clearly my timeline of when I contracted the virus, till the time I came back negative.

"I even woke up today on weight, ready to go, and even took an antibody test this morning to prove I'm fine, but the commission didn't want to risk it.

"Crazy thing is... this was the easiest weight cut that I had! I wasn't drained, and I could've made weight earlier last week. My trainer and manager @BomacBrian wanted to see if I could compete at 126... but that's pushing it

"I did everything possible. They asked me to take the antibody test this morning, just for them to return and cancel the fight."

Herring retained his WBO junior lightweight belt against Lamont Roach Jr. in November, having won the title in May last year.

Dillian Whyte has announced he is no longer working with trainer Mark Tibbs as the heavyweight prepares for his fight with Alexander Povetkin on August 22.

Whyte will be in action on the fourth and final card of Matchroom's 'Fight Camp' schedule next month, with all events staged in the garden of promoter Eddie Hearn's house.

However, the 32-year-old will not have Tibbs working his corner when he takes on Russian Povetkin, revealing they have gone their separate ways in a post on Instagram.

"Just to let everyone know Mark Tibbs and I are no longer working together as boxer and trainer," Whyte – who is the interim WBC champion - wrote to go along with a picture of the pair.

"I'm training in Portugal, Mark has a young family, and his own new gym in the UK. As it stands it just hasn't worked out in the way we both hoped it would. 

"Mark came into my team four years ago and has helped me turn into the world-class fighter I am today.

"Mark is a great trainer and I will always be grateful to him and his dad for all they have done."

Whyte has a 27-1 record, his solitary defeat coming against long-time rival Anthony Joshua in December 2015, though he's won 11 on the spin since that setback.

He is waiting for a shot at the WBC title, as champion Tyson Fury is set to face Deontay Wilder – the man he dethroned thanks to a stoppage win earlier this year – in his next outing.

WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will not face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in a rescheduled title fight in September.

The pair had been due to meet in the ring in Las Vegas on May 2, but the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those plans.

Saunders (29-0) has withdrawn from discussions over meeting four-weight champion Canelo (53-1-2) on September 12 – the weekend of Mexico's Independence Day – due to an inability to train effectively during the COVID-19 crisis.

"I'm not ready [in] September. You can say to me, 'Billy Joe, a billion pounds, but you're not ready and you're going to get beat.' I would say keep it. Let me get ready, let me win and I will fight for free," Saunders told The Athletic.

"I'm nobody's stepping stone. I'm not another belt for Canelo. They want to try mind games; that don't work with me, I play the biggest mind games in British boxing.

"Would I like [Canelo's] business? I would love it. Do I need his business? No, I don't.

"I was going to be spot on [for May 2]. I was probably a couple weeks ahead of schedule, but it is what it is."

Of the situation he was in during lockdown, he added: "Every gym was closed, and my grandparents are very elderly, I live next door to them. There were a few [health] scares. 75 per cent of my time [was dedicated] to her, I couldn't leave the place, I had my kids every other day."

Saunders was reportedly set to earn $8million for the title fight with Canelo in May and was not impressed by the figures being suggested for a behind-closed-doors bout in September.

"If they think they're going to cut my money and cut me short, that's not going to happen," Saunders said.

"Considering he's getting $35million, they come to me for a pay cut in September? They want to get short notice and a pay cut. Why not him take a pay cut?"

A return in October to shake off any potential ring rust is planned before Saunders takes on a more high-profile opponent in December.

The 30-year-old would relish a chance to take on middleweight king Demetrius Andrade (29-0), who he missed out on a fight with in 2018 due to a failed drugs test.

"That's the fight I would want, I would love the fight. There's unfinished business with me and him," said Saunders.

"I think he's a non-top fighter. When it's gone his way he looks good, when not his way he can't get going. When I fight him, we both have skills. It'll be my heart versus his heart."

Jarrell Miller insists he has never "willingly" taken a performance-enhancing drug after the unbeaten heavyweight reportedly failed another test. 

The American was due to do battle with Jerry Forrest at the MGM Grand on July 9, however the fight has been removed from the schedule amid reports the 31-year-old tested positive for a banned substance. 

Miller - nicknamed Big Baby - admitted he "messed up" after missing out on facing Anthony Joshua in June last year, leading to Andy Ruiz Jr replacing him in the main event. 

Speaking to Fight Network, the Brooklyn native revealed he and his team are investigating the current situation.

Miller explained: "This is something that was ingested. We don't know if it was contaminated, but we're investigating as of right now. Me and my team are just working due diligently to get the facts 100 per cent straight." 

Asked towards the end of the YouTube interview whether he had ever willingly taken performance-enhancing drugs, Miller replied: "No, I have never ever willingly taken a steroid for performance-enhancement purposes. No. 

"Did I take something for healing properties, for injury? Yes I have. Before a fight to win a fight and during a training camp? No, I have never done that." 

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that Miller had been "expelled" for failing to join the governing body's drug testing program. 

He told Sky Sports: "Miller specifically, he was expelled from the WBC, because he failed to enrol in the clean boxing program. Not once, but twice." 

Sulaiman refused to rule out the possibility of Miller fighting for a WBC title in future, however, saying: "I don't speculate. I don't like to - what if. 

"What I can say is that he's been out of the WBC picture for three years, because we did not consider him to be eligible for rankings, because he did not enroll in the clean boxing program. 

"When he was first ranked. We sent them the documents. He had three months to fill three pieces of paper, and he failed to do so. 

"Then somehow they claimed they didn't have the papers, so we rang him again and sent them the paper, and he didn't submit twice, so he has been expelled from the WBC for three years." 

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed a series of August fight nights will be hosted in his garden, with Dillian Whyte's heavyweight showdown against Alexander Povetkin the standout bout.

Boxing, like most other sports, went on a hiatus earlier this year when the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world.

However, boxing and UFC cards have recently returned in the United States behind closed doors, and Matchroom promoter Hearn had spoken of his ambitious plans to resume boxing in the United Kingdom too in a special ring built in his garden.

Those events have now been finalised and Matchroom's 'Fight Camp' will see boxers brought into a bubble before fighting at Hearn's house in Essex across four nights from August 1 to August 22.

The final night will see Katie Taylor put her undisputed world lightweight titles on the line against an as-yet-unnamed opponent before Whyte and Povetkin meet in a WBC interim heavyweight title fight.

"We've of course got Madison Square Garden, this is Matchroom Square Garden," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We've been working diligently with the British Boxing Board of Control for the last three months. We're in a position where we know the procedures that have to take place to make the sport safe to return.

"We feel like we've done it at the right time, we feel like everything's safe. We've got a brilliant schedule of fights lined up and we can't wait to bring boxing back to your screens.

“We have no crowd, we don't have the 80,000 singing 'Sweet Caroline' and have the energy of the audience, but what we do have is the beauty of boxing, the rawness of the sport.

“We need to make sure those fights are compelling."

Whyte has long been the WBC mandatory challenger but the holder of that belt, Tyson Fury, is set to face Deontay Wilder for a third time after taking the strap off the American in February.

A path to a future fight with Fury has been further complicated by the title-holder having already agreed two bouts against fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, who has the rest of the division's major belts.

Former four-weight boxing world champion Roberto Duran is under observation in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Duran's son Robin said he was taken to hospital after experiencing cold-like symptoms and because "he has a lung that doesn't work 100 per cent due to an accident in Argentina a few years ago".

It was soon confirmed the 69-year-old Panamanian boxing legend had contracted COVID-19.

"My dad's tests have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for COVID-19. Thank God that for now he has no symptoms other than those of a cold," Robin Duran wrote on Instagram.

"He is not in intensive care or on a ventilator, he is still under observation.

"We just talked to the doctor and he tells us that the lungs are fine and there is no indication of seriousness.

"Let's continue to have faith that everything will turn out well."

Duran is considered one of the all-time greats, having made his name as a lightweight champion before claiming world titles at welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.

He earned the nickname 'Manos de Piedra' – Hands of Stone – due to his ferocious punching power and enjoyed a great rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard.

Duran handed Leonard his first professional defeat in June 1980 but lost the WBC welterweight title rematch in New Orleans, remembered as the famous 'No Mas' fight, five months later.

Duran ended his 31-year career in 2001 with a 103-16 record.

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