Sky Sports Announces New Boxing Program With Top Rank and BOXXER | Boxing News
Sky Sports have announced details of their next-generation boxing coverage following deals with promotional companies Top Rank and BOXXER, revealing the first fights in a busy new boxing schedule and new fight formats.
Oscar Valdez vs. Robson Conceicao – WBC Super Featherweight Title
September 25 – Sky Sports ticket office
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk – IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic – WBO cruiserweight title
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Sven Elbir
David Avanesyan vs Liam Taylor – European Welterweight Title
Richard Riakpohre vs. Krzysztof Twardowski
Savannah Marshall vs. Lolita Muzeya – WBO Middleweight Title
Hughie Fury vs. Christian Hammer
Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson – WBO Super Featherweight Title
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title
Sky Sports is now the perfect place to watch high-ranking US events live in the UK and Ireland, while the partnership with BOXXER will feature matches from elite UK fighters. Following the announcement of the partnership in June, Sky Sports is also updating its boxing offering and brand with the goal of giving fight fans unprecedented access to the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport from around the world.
Starting list of BOXXER fighters:
Hughie Fury (heavyweight)
Steve Robinson (heavyweight)
Nick Campbell (heavyweight)
Richard Riakpohre (weight cruiser)
Mikael Lawal (cruising weight)
Scott Forrest (weight cruiser)
Germaine Browne (super middleweight)
Chris Eubank Jr (middleweight)
Brad Rea (middleweight)
Joe Pigford (super welterweight)
Adam Azim (light)
Hassan Azim (welterweight)
Lewis Ritson (super lightweight)
Mark Dickinson (middleweight)
Savannah Marshall (middleweight)
Claressa Shields (middleweight)
Georgia O’Connor (super welterweight)
Caroline Dubois (light)
April Hunter (welterweight)
Ebonie Jones (bantamweight)
Senior fighters include:
Josh Taylor (undisputed welterweight champion)
Oscar Valdez (WBC super featherweight champion)
Jamel Herring (WBO Super Featherweight Champion)
Teofimo Lopez (IBF, WBA, WBO lightweight champion)
Terence Crawford (WBO welterweight champion)
Joe Smith Jr (WBO Light Heavyweight Champion)
Mikaela Mayer (WBO Super Featherweight Champion)
Artur Beterbiev (IBF, WBC light heavyweight champion)
Naoya Inoue (IBF, WBA Super Bantamweight Champion)
The first UK event of the new BOXXER partnership takes place on Saturday 2 October when boxing athlete Wasserman Chris Eubank Jr meets Sven Elbir at London’s SSE ARENA, Wembley. They lead a stacked card that features David Avanesyan defending his European Championship against Briton Liam Taylor, unbeaten since 2015, and cruiserweight contender Richard Riakporhe returning from an injury layoff to resume the hunt for the world title.
Two weeks later, on Saturday October 16, Hughie Fury looks to solidify his position as a world top 10 heavyweight when he takes on heavyweight Christian Hammer on a card featuring WBO champion Savannah Marshall and the ever-popular fan favorite. from Newcastle Lewis Ritson to Utilita. Arena, Newcastle.
Both events will be broadcast live and exclusively on Sky Sports, with tickets on sale starting at 10am tomorrow via boxxer.com/tickets.
Undisputed world welterweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor will defend his crown against WBO No.1 contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall on Saturday December 18 from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, live on Sky Sports and streamed exclusively in the US on ESPN +.
Taylor created a boxing masterclass in May, defeating fellow Unified World Champion Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to become the first British four-belt era boxer to achieve undisputed status. Information on tickets and sub-cards for Taylor-Catterall will be announced shortly.
After 30 years in boxing, Sky Sports Boxing opens a new chapter with Top Rank and BOXXER, with an exciting mix of elite and emerging level fighters for Sky Sports boxing fans.
Fighting fans can also look forward to fights like WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, Vasiliy Lomachenko, unified world lightweight champion Teófimo López, unified bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue, WBO super champion – Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson feathers.
Additionally, Sky’s new cover will feature some of boxing’s best female fighters, including a unifying super featherweight title showdown between Top Rank’s Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche. In addition, Olympian Caroline Dubois, the rising star fresh out of her exploits in Tokyo, also joins the ranks of BOXXER, alongside WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall and unified two-weight champion Claressa Shields. Claressa will fight on Sky Sports in the UK, following a deal with Salita Promotions to fight on Boxxer broadcasts.
In addition to the new roster of names, two-time unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is set to face Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The four-year US exit deal with Top Rank gives Sky Sports access to the US promoter’s current stable of nine of the top 18 pound-for-pound fighters and a minimum of 18 nights of fighting in the US while Going through a four-year promotional deal with BOXXER, Sky Sports plans to broadcast around 14 UK fight nights, along with pay-per-view fights and new formats.
As the next generation of boxing begins, Sky Sports, Top Rank and BOXXER are offering fighting fans a range of new formats with the aim of increasing competitiveness in the ring. In addition to pay-per-view fights, viewers will have a feast of action in the form of Fight Nights and tournament shows from the BOXXER series. In addition to high quality boxing, the tournament broadcasts will bring much more event feel to our screens in the hope of attracting new audiences to the sport and they will also provide unparalleled opportunities for amateur boxers to stand out from the crowd. beat on the big stage.
Alongside the British Boxing Board of Control, Sky is also strengthening its commitment to grassroots boxing by engaging in the development of promising fighters with the intention of offering live streaming of amateur boxing events on the platforms of the Streamer.
The Tokyo Olympics and the heroism of the GB team have shown once again how critically important the amateur game is – whether at the elite or club level – where the gymnasiums of boxing can serve as youth centers. Sky Sports and BOXXER are committed to supporting grassroots boxing and will feature a series of amateur tournaments and an exciting new annual Cup match.
The BOXXER Series events are one-night tournaments that provide opportunity and exposure for boxers across the UK, as part of a commitment to support sport locally in the UK. In partnership with Sky Sports Boxing, the BOXXER Series events will be held in all major cities across the UK. Sky Sports and BOXXER have confirmed a BOXXER Series event for Saturday 6 November at M&S Bank Arena Liverpool. Sky Sports have announced that award-winning TV and radio presenter Vick Hope has joined the Sky Sports boxing team and will be the face of the events of the BOXXER series.
BOXXER Founder Ben Shalom said: “We are delighted to continue Sky Sports Boxing’s rich heritage and bring it into a new era. We founded BOXXER to make professional sport more accessible and create better opportunities in sport for fighters.
“This long-term deal with Sky allows us to take this mission to the next level. The strategy will put fans first; showcasing the best fights from around the world and growing the sport in the UK.”
Top Rank Chairman Todd duBoef said: “Sky Sports has hosted the biggest sporting events across the UK for decades, and we look forward to showcasing the world’s biggest boxing events and star talent from across the UK. all over the world to British boxing fans. “
Sky Sports General Manager Jonathan Licht said: “We are delighted to announce the first phase of our exciting new boxing program and look forward to working closely with Top Rank and BOXXER to deliver the best fights for Sky Sports Boxing viewers and showcase some of the UK’s best and most promising fighters. Sky Sports customers will have more access to boxing than ever before. “