By Terence Dooley
Matchroom Sport has announced that their exclusive deal with sky has been extended for a further two years, effective from June 2014. The deal will be for 20 shows per year and will carry them through to 2016.
“I'm delighted to announce a new two-year extension to our existing contract with Sky Sports which will see us as the principle promoter on the channel to summer 2016,” said Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn when announcing the deal on www.matchroomboxing.com.
“We have developed one of the strongest stables ever seen in world boxing and the extension gives us the perfect platform to grow our team and provide them all with the ultimate opportunity to achieve within the sport.
“Sky shares our passion and vision for the sport and is a perfect partner as we look to grow boxing significantly over the next few years. It’s exciting times for an exciting sport and we have some mouth-watering plans to share with Sky Sports viewers.”
Executive Producer of boxing at Sky Sports Adam Smith said: “From the high drama of live Fight Nights to our extensive support programming like Ringside, Behind The Ropes and The Gloves Are Off, plus our huge commitment to online content, we are confident fight fans will continue to enjoy the very best quality, innovation and excitement on Sky Sports.”
Saturday night’s live Sky show from the O2 Arena in London, which features Scott Quigg versus Yoandris Salinas for the WBA Super bantamweight title, also features the professional debut of Anthony Joshua before the channel switches to the U.S. for Devlin Rodriguez against Miguel Cotto.
Tim Bradley against Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12 has also been added to the station’s previously patchy International roster and is joined by Mike Alvarado against Ruslan Provodnikov the following week. The spicy match between middleweight WBA and IBO titlist Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens will also land on the channel on November 2nd.
Their British action will see Kell Brook take on Vyacheslav Senchenko, who beat Ricky Hatton last year, in Sheffield on October 26; Brian Rose’s WBO light-middleweight title eliminator against Javier Maciel is chief support. Carl Froch and George Groves for Froch’s WBA and IBF 168lb titles is also in the mix, although that one will be on Sky Sports Box Office.
Darren Barker will top off the year by traveling to Germany to fight Felix Sturm, in Barker’s first defence of the IBF middleweight title, and Tony Bellew is pencilled in for a WBC light-heavyweight challenge against Adonis Stevenson, with Bellew due to travel to Canada in a bid to make his boxing dreams come true.
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