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Hearn: Kessler-Froch II likely on SKY PPV.
From The Telegraph:
Carl Froch’s promoters Matchroom Sport have been “inundated” with thousands of requests for tickets for the world champion’s rematch with super-middleweight rival Mikkel Kessler, although the date and venue and pay-per-view terms have not yet been contractually finalised.
The IBF-WBA world title unification bout will involve a multi-million pound purse for both decorated fighters and is expected to mark Sky Box Office’s return to placing boxing on a pay-per-view platform, following its withdrawal in 2011. The pay-per-view element is expected to be finalised in the next week.
Barney Francis, MD of Sky Sports, pulled the plug on pay-per-view boxing events following David Haye’s contests against Audley Harrison and Wladimir Klitschko, and Amir Khan's fights which were failing to pull audiences.
Site visits for the promoters at the 02 Arena, London and the Manchester Arena are taking place this week, with the London venue set for 17,000 and Manchester capable of holding 19,000 spectators.
“The details in their entirety have not been signed yet,” promoter Eddie Hearn revealed to Telegraph Sport. “But for a fight of huge magnitude, like Froch-Kessler to take place, pay-per-view is a necessity.”
“There are only three potential pay-per-view fights in the UK at the moment. Froch-Kessler, Kell Brook against Amir Khan, and Tyson Fury against David Price, at heavyweight.”
Hearn, MD of Matchroom Sport, is the only British promoter currently signed with Sky Sports, and has a 20-fight deal in 2013, which includes six Prizefighter events – with an outright winner after seven three-round contests in one evening – and fourteen Saturday fight night dates.
Hearn disclosed that May 25, and the 02 Arena is “a strong possibility” but would not rule out the Manchester Arena winning the day. The Champion’s League final also takes place across London at Wembley Stadium on May 25.
“We know roughly what we want to do, we are scaling the venues. But demand has been ridiculous already,” Hearn told Telegraph Sport. “We have been inundated with thousands of calls.”
“We are even expecting around 5,000 Danes to travel over. Tickets will go on sale on Feb 4.” That day will coincide with the first press conference in London, when Froch and Kessler will sit together on the dais.
“May 25 is a great day for a captive TV audience with the Champion’s League final taking place at Wembley Stadium that day. Obviously, it would be on after the final whistle.”
That would mean Froch and Kessler facing off just after 11pm in the evening.
“This was the toughest negotiation I’ve been involved in for Carl of the four fights we have promoted him,” admitted Hearn. “Two champions, two huge names, and Kessler needed huge money to come out of Copenhagen. He’s as big a star in Denmark as David Beckham is here.”
Hearn added: “It boils down to the fact that they both want the fight, they both like the fight because it’s a proper fight and in legacy terms a fight they both need to win.”