Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

NBC Sports Network Presents: Fight Night 36: Zab Judah

By Jake Donovan

Every fighter has a story to tell. So should every fight show.

That was Kathy Duva’s vision in initially pitching the idea that is now known as NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. That vision now comes with a behind-the-scenes preview, as NBC Sports announced Wednesday its launching of the new pre-fight series “Fight Night 36.”

The all-access series will chronicle 36 hours in the life of the fighter of its upcoming main event, to be shown in a 30-minute special during fight week. The first subject of the series will be former three-time world champion Zab "Super" Judah, who headlines the March 24 card in his title elimination bout with unbeaten contender Vernon “Ice” Paris, live from the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

NBC Sports Network offers a similar format with the National Hockey League, which began last December. With the rave reviews that came with the inaugural edition of the Fight Night series in January, the decision to offer extended coverage was a no-brainer.

“Compelling, story-driven access is something we want to grow in the NBC Sports Network original space, said Ron Wechsler, Vice President of Original Programming and Development for NBC Sports Network. “Given the success we have seen with NHL 36, we are excited to extend the brand to boxing. With Zab Judah returning to his hometown of Brooklyn, we have an amazing hook for our first Fight Night 36 special."

‘Fight Night 36: Zab Judah’ premieres Wednesday, March 21 at 10:30PM ET on the NBC Sports Network. Reruns will air at the following times, all EST: Thursday, March 22 at 11:30PM; Friday, March 23 at 9:30AM and 7:30PM; and then fight night itself on Saturday, March 24 at 6:00PM and 9:30PM as the lead-in to the fight card, which airs at 10:00PM, to avoid conflict with coverage of the NCAA College Basketball tournament.

Though now based out of Las Vegas, Judah (41-7, 28KO) has always proudly represented his Brooklyn roots. The 34-year old has fought throughout the NY/NJ metro area over the course of his 16-year career though this will be the first time he gets the chance to fight in his home borough.

That NBC Sports has opened the door to bring even more boxing coverage to its airwaves has the series’ lead promoter elated, especially in an era when the sport becomes more and more of a tough sell amidst false rumors of it being a dying industry.

“This is a major breakthrough for the sport of boxing, in my opinion, and a great indication of NBC’s commitment to the sweet science,” said Duva. “They told us about their desire to do this last week and we turned it around in a few days. They are finishing up with the taping today at Zab’s camp in Vegas and this show premieres in a week. I am told that NBC plans to continue doing these.

“As you can probably tell, I am pretty excited about this!”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected] .

Tags: Zab Judah image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revs1227 on 03-22-2012

good show anyone watch ?

Comment by prime tyme on 03-15-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11890764]Every fighter has a story to tell. So should every fight show. That was Kathy Duva’s vision in initially pitching the idea that is now known as NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. That vision now comes with a behind-the-scenes…

Comment by PeterinMI on 03-15-2012

[QUOTE=crillz;11890823]YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Boxing back on main stream! gotta smoke to that.[/QUOTE] Yes! We (and the sport) NEED this to succeed!

Comment by Bombs on 03-15-2012

Ughh gross. Public channels. They should keep boxing on HBO and Showtime for real..

Comment by thuggery on 03-15-2012

i hope this gets more people into boxing

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Klitschko: I'm Focused on Myself, My Ego - Not Joshua-Fury Beef Photos: Pacquiao Puts in Work, Hangs With Koala in Australia Keenan Smith, Kenneth Sims Jr. Grab Wins in Atlantic City Wilder to Klitschko: Forget Joshua's Size, Power; You Have to Fight! Tyson Fury Aims To Make Return on Saunders-Khurtsize Bill in July Ugas Replaces Barrios, Will Face Lara After Weight Mishap Errol Spence: Jermell Charlo Provided Perfect Sparring for Brook Wilder: Steward Wouldn't Have Allowed Fury to Beat Klitschko Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev II, Canelo-GGG, Charlos, More Joshua-Klitschko: Lawrence Okolie To Face Russ Henshaw Craig Kennedy vs. Matty Askin, Now on May 26 In Cardiff Jeff Horn's Coach: Doubters Will Have Egg on Their Face! Wilder: You Don't Need Skill If You Have Power Like Me, Joshua Joseph Parker vs. Razvan Cojanu, Speculation Floating Around Joshua-Klitschko Brings Cable Giants Back To Common TV Ground Lara: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, I'd Give GGG Tremendous Problems! AIBA Backs Away From Amir Khan's SBL After Snafu in India Indongo Advises IBF of Injury, Lipinets Defense May Get Delayed McGregor's Manager Updates on Latest With Mayweather Fight Photo: WBC Reveals Special Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Title Belt Peter Fury Reacts To Claims Hughie Ran From Joseph Parker Shot Anthony Joshua Fires Back at Klitschko as Tensions Begin To Rise Wilder: Parker Should Forget About May 6th, Fight Me in July Broner To Tim Bradley: Bald Head Uncle Tom, Stop Talking Crazy Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Added To Michael Conlan Chicago Card Horn's Coach Warns Pacquiao: Jeff Can Hit as Hard as Marquez! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Joe Cordina To Open Up The Show Bellew: Tyson Fury Keeps Calling Me Out, We Might Have To Dance! Showtime's Espinoza: There's One Network Committed to Boxing Vitali Klitschko Admits Wladimir's Career on The Ropes in Defeat Zambrano vs. Marrero Undercard - PBC Special Telivised Prelims Heiland Ready For Jermall Charlo Eliminator, Then Golovkin Shot Klitschko Not Ruling Out Joshua Mentally 'Crumbling Like a Cookie' Porter Questions Thurman's Commitment to Fighting Him Next Broner: Me and Terence Crawford Will Be a Future PPV Fight Anthony Joshua Vows To Stay Calm, Not Go Into Mike Tyson Mode Hearn: Quigg vs. Simion Winner Could Face Lee Selby Next David Benavidez Talks Golovkin Sparring, Medina, Yildirim, More Kevin Lerena To Face Maxim Maslov For IBO Title on August 12 Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement