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Angry Eddie Hearn tells nightmare neighbours his Matchroom HQ fight nights will be less rowdy than dad Barry’s 70th



EDDIE HEARN floored his nightmare neighbours by promising his back-garden Fight Camp will not be as wild as his dad’s 70th birthday bash.

Seven Brentwood residents complained to the council about Hearn’s decision to hold four boxing shows in the grounds of his HQ — once the family home — during August.

Hearn is incredibly proud of the Fight Camp set up in his garden


Hearn is incredibly proud of the Fight Camp set up in his gardenCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Because there will be no live audience, the Matchroom boss does not need a licence as long as his ring and giant canopy come down after 28 days.

But that still was not enough for some of the Essex locals who remember the raucous shindig the Hearns held at the mansion for dad Barry two years ago.

Ahead of the first show on Saturday, Hearn said: “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.

“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 are not that loud. And a firework display with Sweet Caroline for week one and week four.

“One complaint was about international TV and people thought it would go on until the early hours — but we’ll be wrapped up by 11pm.

“The council confirmed we didn’t need a licence because we’re not selling tickets.

“This is great for Brentwood — we are spending £250,000 for everyone to stay at the local Holiday Inn, which is on its a***!”

Local amateur detectives have even accused Hearn of smuggling American MC David Diamante into the UK without the full 14-day quarantine.

So Hearn had to send the dreadlocked celeb’s flight details to the British Boxing Board of Control to keep the village busy-bodies off his case.


He said: “We’d a complaint yesterday from that lot, that David Diamante hasn’t been here for 14 days, so we had to send the flight details to the board to confirm.

“It’s pathetic. We had a handful of complaints but, truth be told, we have no neighbours — we have one 200 yards down there and one 500 yards down there.”

Matchroom founder Barry snapped up the sprawling pad for a snip in the 1980s and turned it into offices when he wanted to move further into the sticks.

But after struggling to find a buyer for two years — and letting a young Eddie squat there to make sure he was on time for work — it became the company’s office HQ.

The Matchroom boss insists it will be a professional affair and that the neighbours have nothing to worry about


The Matchroom boss insists it will be a professional affair and that the neighbours have nothing to worry aboutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Now Hearn Jr is looking forward to pulling back the curtains for the TV viewers.

He said: “My dad bought it for £200,000, 36 years ago.

“When we came here at five or six years old we couldn’t believe it. We were running around like crazy and loved the forest next door.

“When the company moved in I lived here while it was an office. I used to wake up at 8.30am, step in the shower and at 8.45 I was at my desk.

“People always say, ‘Is it not weird seeing people in rooms that you lived in’. I don’t see it like that.

“It’s a bit cheesy but everyone who works here is part of the family. It is a family home.

“Brentwood used to be a village and when it started to become more populated and less rural, they decided to move further into the country.

“They said to me, ‘You can stay here while it’s on the market and then you’ve got to go’. They took everything out of the house other than my bed, a TV and a sofa.

“But then they couldn’t sell, so I was here for about two years on my own.”

Now the former Little Lord of Hearn Manor is using it to get his stable back at the races after lockdown — although he expects to make a loss on the £5million, four-show schedule.

He said: “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.”

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Can Lee Westwood and fiancee caddy Helen end his 25-year wait for first Major at US Open – after cancelling wedding?




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CAN Lee Westwood finally end his 25-year wait for a first Major title at the US Open with stunning fiancée Helen Storey caddying for him?

Well, it’s the least he could do after the couple had to cancel their wedding.

Can Westwood end his 25-year wait for a Major with fiancee Helen on the bag?


Can Westwood end his 25-year wait for a Major with fiancee Helen on the bag?Credit: AP:Associated Press
The loved-up couple don't mind showing some affection on the course


The loved-up couple don’t mind showing some affection on the courseCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Ryder Cup legend Westwood, 47, and fitness fanatic Helen were due to tie the knot at Ireland’s exclusive Adare Manor resort in August.

But coronavirus had other ideas and the loved-up couple have put their big day on hold for now.

The good news is that, after Westwood’s fantastic three-under 67 in the first round in New York, the pair could have something extra to celebrate when they finally do.

How amazing will it be should Westwood break his duck in the big ones with his other half on the bag.

Especially since the first time Helen caddied for him in 2018 she was scared to pick up divots – in case there was a worm in them.

Westwood says Helen is still learning about golf. And she still doesn’t like raking bunkers.

But what she knows better than anyone else is the six inches between his ears.

Helen became Westwood’s girlfriend when his divorce to Laurae Coltart after 16 years ended in a last-minute settlement that avoided a courtroom battle over his £50million fortune.

Westwood won in South Africa shortly after making Helen his caddie


Westwood won in South Africa shortly after making Helen his caddieCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The engaged pair scrub up well too when not on the course


The engaged pair scrub up well too when not on the courseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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The couple almost ended his barren run in last year’s Open at Royal Portrush before Westy finished tied fourth.

And the former world No1 said then: “Obviously I get on well with Helen. She doesn’t know too much about golf but she knows a lot about the way my mind works.

“So she keeps me in a good frame of mind and focusing on the right things at the right time. There’s more to the caddying than carrying and getting the wind direction.”

Helen began caddying for Westwood after he split with long-time bag man Billy Foster.

She doesn’t know too much about golf but she knows a lot about the way my mind works

Lee Westwood on fiancée Helen Storey

Shortly after, he ended a four-year winless drought with victory in the Nedbank Challenge.

Should Helen help Westwood to success again, then the Worksop-born superstar will supplant Jerry Barber as the oldest first-time Major champion.

Barber was 45 when he won the 1961 US PGA in a play-off.

Helen’s commitment to fitness has rubbed off on her fella and he burns hundreds of calories on the Peloton bike they share – as well as gruelling workouts.

Westwood looks in the shape of his life now and he told The Times of Helen’s impact, saying: “She helped me more than anybody. She is very cheery, very positive.”

Will she help him to his first Major crown?

Well that really would be a true fairytale of New York.

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Arsenal have £10m David Raya transfer bid ‘rejected’ by Brentford as Mikel Arteta looks to revamp goalkeeper department




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ARSENAL have reportedly had a £10million transfer bid for David Raya rejected by Brentford.

The Spanish goalkeeper, 25, is wanted by the Gunners to fill the void left by Emi Martinez’s £20m move to Aston Villa.

Arenal have reportedly had a £10m bid for David Raya rejected


Arenal have reportedly had a £10m bid for David Raya rejected Credit: Getty

That is despite the impending arrival of fellow stopper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is attempting to revamp his goalkeeping department.

And the Telegraph claim they have stepped up their pursuit of Raya in recent days.

The Bees star is keen to test himself in the Premier League after missing out on promotion last season following his side’s defeat to Fulham in the play-off final.

Brentford insist Raya is not leaving this summer but today’s report states they would be more open to selling if they can take him back on loan for the campaign.

But that complicates things for Arsenal, who want him to go straight into their first-team squad.

Raya would compete with Bernd Leno for the No1 shirt.

He already has a strong rapport with Inaki Cana, the goalkeeping coach who joined from Brentford in December.

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Cana also knows Runarsson well after the duo worked together at Danish side FC Nordsjaelland

Matt Macey has moved to second-choice ‘keeper at the Emirates after Martinez’s exit.

But he has less than a year left on his contract and also wants to leave for regular action.

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How Man Utd could line-up against Crystal Palace with van de Beek making debut but Solskjaer missing up to 11 crocks




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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER faces a sleepless night ahead of Manchester United’s season opener – with 11 players set to miss the clash.

The Red Devils play host to Crystal Palace for the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday after their start was delayed due to last season’s Europa League run.

How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side could line up without the eleven doubts


How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could line up without the eleven doubts

United only played their ill-fated semi-final defeat to Sevilla just under five weeks ago with their pre-season plans taking a monster hit.

With just one week of training under their belts, coupled with a bout of Nations League ties, United stars risk not being ready.

Centre-back Axel Tuanzebe is certain to miss the game at Old Trafford as he recovers from injury.

Mason Greenwood, too, looks unlikely to play after being told to train alone since his England fiasco.

The forward, 18, was sent home along with Phil Foden by the Three Lions after breaking Covid-19 restrictions by inviting two Icelandic girls into the squad hotel.

Elsewhere in the United squad, several other players have only arrived for training in recent days and are unlikely to be match-fit for Palace.

Bruno Fernandes only touched down in Carrington at the weekend.

Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Fred, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic only returned on Monday.

Manchester United's possible XI if the manager takes a fitness gamble


Manchester United’s possible XI if the manager takes a fitness gamble

Aaron Wan-Bissaka also began his pre-season at the start of the week after a trip to Dubai caught the right-back on the wrong side of the Government’s quarantine guidelines.

Fellow defender Phil Jones is also a fitness doubt while Sergio Romero has not yet returned for training after being relegated to third-choice goalkeeper.

That could force Solskjaer into starting Daniel James and Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford.

Academy product Lingard, 27, could play ahead of Scott McTominay and new signing Donny van de Beek in the more advanced of the three central positions.

Wantaway full-back Diogo Dalot is in line to start with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in defence.

Up front, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are set to be fit enough to start after the England forward skipped his country’s games – citing a lack of fitness.

Fans also eagerly await the decision between the posts with both David De Gea and Dean Henderson fit and available for selection.

Solskjaer will be desperate for improvement after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their only pre-season friendly.

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