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Schaefer Frustrated By Lack of U.S. Television Deal for WBSS

By Steve Kim

The unification bout between WBA champion George Groves and IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr, which takes place on February17th at the Manchester Arena in the UK, sold-out in seven minutes. This match-up is part of the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) super middleweight tournament.

There's no questioning just how much interest there is in this event in Europe.

The question that many American boxing fans is will this fight, along with the other semi-final bouts of the WBSS (which also has a cruiserweight tourney) be televised on a major platform in the States? The later half of the quarterfinals were carried by the Audience Network.

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A frustrated Richard Schaefer,the Chairman of the Americas for Comosa AG/WBSS, told BoxingScene.com:

"It really is amazing that there's not more interest from a TV point of view and one has to really scratch his head and wonder is it boxing politics at it's worst because there's some interest for TV networks, actually from a couple of places for the tournament. Audience was certainly encouraged to have very, very strong ratings and so there's an interest from certain players," Schaefer said.

"But what is surprising is that the bigger platforms are not really jumping on this because I think there are some really mouth watering match-ups."

Thus far, both HBO and Showtime, who have started to announce cards for 2018 have not shown any indication that they will be broadcasting the remainder of the World Boxing Super Series, which also has fights like the mouth-watering WBA, IBF unification between two undefeated feared punchers, Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev, scheduled for their cruiserweight bracket, which are greatly anticipated by fans.

"So I'm surprised and I can only think that it's boxing politics," stated Schaefer.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Cloud on 11-30-2017

[FONT="Palatino Linotype"][COLOR="Red"]Clear jealousy from Catrin.. not much to cheer from the ghetto ay? You and the rest of the wildlife and savages. Bring your sharpened mango fruit and dried guava half.. I'll fetch my rifle. We'll see who wins. Bring…

Comment by Catrin on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=JULIEN44;18258978]eastern euro-phobia ??? They just cannot afford the massive coming of these specimens and the capture year by year of more and more belt. And that's just the beginning...[/QUOTE] Europhobia! who cant blame them... The first time Euros set foot…

Comment by JULIEN44 on 11-29-2017

eastern euro-phobia ??? They just cannot afford the massive coming of these specimens and the capture year by year of more and more belt. And that's just the beginning...

Comment by Tom Cruise on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=BobLoblaw;18258817]Which American Fighters deserve to be in contention? According to Boxrec, the two highest rated Us fighters at both weights are: Super middleweights - Jesse Hart (#6) and Andre Dirrell (#7) Cruisers - Tabiti (#8) and Cunningham (#12). Aside from…

Comment by BobLoblaw on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=GreyFox;18255795]Why is Schaefer surprised no US TV got behind a tournament with some second rate super middleweights or an irrelavent cruiserweights?? Neither of which had any American fighters invited.(Rob Brant was an unknown middleweight)No surprise HBO and Showtime passed.[/QUOTE] Which…

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