Sky Sports has sealed the deal on six more years of live and exclusive boxing.
The done deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport guarantees more top-flight boxing for Sky Sports subscribers up to 2021, paving the way for a lot.
The new deal with Matchroom Sport could see up to 120 nights of boxing broadcast in the UK with fighters like Kell Brook, Scott Quigg and James DeGale, who is taking on Andre Direll this very weekend for the vacant IBF belt.
The deal with Matchroom Sport should serve as the perfect palate cleanser for British boxing fans in the aftermath of the biggest
disappointment fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs Pacquiao.
Related: Sky’s 2015 price rises explainedSky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: “As the home of boxing we’re thrilled to be able to offer a further five years of fights and fighters. A huge commitment to online and digital content will mean a more interactive experience for all fight fans who will continue to enjoy the best quality and excitement of boxing on Sky Sports.”
There will also be a summer full of fights with some of Liverpool’s best talent, with Paul Smith Jnr, David Price, Tony Bellew, Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding all preparing to grace the canvas in the Echo Arena once again.
Olympic hero Anthony Joshua is also represented by Matchroom Sport, and the Watford native will display his own considerable talents throughout the course of the deal, which is slated to provide as many as 20 nights of boxing every year.
We may even get to see Joshua take on someone with enough mettle to last more than a few minutes as he looks to progress on a journey which could see him become one of the world’s finest heavyweights.
Eddie Hearn, Director of Matchroom Sport said: “I am delighted to announce a new five year deal as Sky’s exclusive boxing promoter in the UK and Ireland. Over the past three years, with Sky Sports’ backing, we have developed a team of fighters unrivalled by any promotional company in the history of British boxing.
“We have worked together to take British boxing from small hall shows to filling major arenas all over the country, creating star attractions and taking the profile of the sport to another level.”