Eddie Hearn had two years living on his own in the family mansion but never bothered hosting a big garden party despite pleas from his mates.
But he is going to make up for it now with four big ones that will cost more than £5m.
Hearn, 41, stages the first of four cards at Matchroom’s Fight Camp this Saturday night in the back garden of the former family home.
Ted Cheeseman against Sam Eggington is the first headline act and Dillian Whyte against Alexander Povetkin will bring the curtain down on their summer shows on August 22.
The stately home in Brentwood now serves as Matchroom’s headquarters but for almost 20 years Hearn called it home.
“It is such a lucky house for the family, my dad bought it for £200,000, 36 years ago,” Hearn Jnr said of his father Barry, who owns the family company.
“We moved here when I was five and when I got to about 24 or something like that my Mum and Dad moved.
“They said to me ‘You can stay here while it is on the market and then you got to go’.
“It needed a fair bit of work but they took everything out of the house other than my bed, a TV and a sofa in the lounge.
“But then they couldn’t sell the house so I was here for about two years on my own.
“My one regret is that I never had a big garden party. All my mates used to say ‘You should have a DJ up there’.
“Now this is the closest I’ve ever got.”
Hearn Snr opted to turn the house into the company’s head office when he didn’t get an offer he wanted on the picturesque property which has a view of central London in the distance.
And his son still lived upstairs when he started working for the family business.
This week the place has been transformed into a fight venue with a huge canopy on the lawn with the ring underneath.
Rooms in the house have been turned into makeshift dressing rooms while the fighters on Saturday’s card are currently in the ‘bubble’ just down the road at the local Holiday Inn.
They will remain there until they are transferred up the road in a car just an hour or so before their bout.
The work on the venue was still ongoing yesterday while Hearn was heading for a coronavirus test before isolating himself in the hotel.
“We would have media days here in the past and I always thought ‘It would f***ing be unbelievable if we could do some fights there’,” he said.
“And, actually, I was just thinking as I was walking around a minute ago this could be a yearly thing.
“You know how much people would pay to get in here? Especially for Whyte v Povetkin.
“I’ve had people come on to me and say ‘Is there any chance?’. They would pay more than £5,000. It’s the seat of a lifetime.
“When I saw it go up and when I see it now it is so far beyond what my expectations were. I’ve seen the budget, I can’t believe we are going to keep within that budget.
“I don’t mind losing a few quid here because it’s the nuts.
“It looks the b*****s, it is innovative and is great for the brand because everyone is watching worldwide.”
The budget is over £1m for each show including fighters purses and all the costs that come with not only staging an event outdoors, but also with the testing and restrictions in place due to the pandemic.
There will, of course, be no fans while the rules which have been in place within BT
Sport’s studios such as testing for all fighters and teams and the destroying of used boxing gloves will be in place.
Even the former owner of the house can’t sit ringside.
“My dad? He will be in there watching from a window,” said Hearn.
Hearn is planning a spectacular show outside the ring as well with the house as the backdrop to the broadcast and a firework display also planned.
There were some concerns raised by local residents but, because there are no tickets being sold, Hearn didn’t need a licence from Brentwood Council.
“The only thing we’ve done in the garden of note is my dad’s 70th birthday and that was wild and did go on till 5am,” said Hearn.
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“They were saying “We remember when he had the 70th, it was loud” but the truth is the only noise you’re going to hear from here is the ring walk which isn’t that loud and a firework display with Sweet Caroline playing for week one and week four.”
Of course while he plans for it all to look spectacular on TV, the fights will also have to deliver.
There will be no artificial crowd noise for viewers Hearn is keen for fans watching from home to hear every punch.
Hearn’s critics will say it is a vanity project for the Matchroom Boxing boss but he wouldn’t agree.
“I knew, if we did it in a studio, people would say ‘Oh, it’s only in a studio, it’s not the same’,” added Hearn.
“So I thought, ‘f*** that, let’s do it here and make a big deal and project out of it.”