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Sky Sports to show US fight nights thanks to deal with Matchroom Boxing

Friday, May 11th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Boxing fans can look forward to some of the biggest fights in the US coming to Sky Sports after the broadcaster signed a new deal with Matchroom Boxing.

The agreement will see 16 fights nights a year broadcast live and exclusive from some of the most iconic venues across the USA.

As well as the fights themselves there will be exclusive interviews, blogs and podcasts made available across all Sky Sports platforms. Fight nights will begin at 6pm US time so events held on the east coast will kick-off at 11pm in the UK.

Sky Sports head of boxing Adam Smith said: “The new deal is hugely exciting and offers customers an even bigger schedule of boxing.

“British boxing is in a really strong place right now, thanks to the emergence of stars like Anthony Joshua and Katie Taylor. With Sky Sports now showing more big name fights from America, the sport will only grow further and encourage the best head-to-head clashes worldwide.”

'16 monsters from the US'

Live boxing on Sky Sports has recently seen Joshua become a unified heavyweight world champion, Tony Bellew defeat David Haye for a second time and the return of Amir Khan to the ring.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, the managing director of Matchroom, said the new deal will help Sky Sports build on its coverage of the ‘best of British’.

“This is an historic moment for Matchroom and the world of boxing,” he said. “This is fantastic news for UK fight fans on Sky Sports. Not only will you have the huge UK fight nights, you will now have 16 monsters from the US to get your teeth into.

“We have been looking at the US market for some time but we needed a platform that would give us a huge volume of dates and a war chest to build an unrivalled stable within the sport. This will be a platform built by fans for fans from the fights, to the production and presentation team to the build-up.”

Earlier this month, BT Sport confirmed that it had secured the rights to Tyson Fury’s comeback fight as part of an extended partnership with Frank Warren and Queensbury Promotions.

BT will also be showing the IBF featherweight world title showdown between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington, and Billy Joe Saunders’ defence of his WBO middleweight crown against Martin Murray.

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