ESPN Joins Premier Boxing Champions’ Corner, Knocking Out ‘Friday Night Fights’

A little dated, but big news and a big part of an ongoing wave of notable developments in the fight game. Check Regal’s recent interview with Yahoo! boxing writer Kevin Iole on our Soundcloud page.

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ESPN has signed a multiyear agreement to air Premier Boxing Champions, joining NBC and CBS as partners on the series created by Haymon Boxing to bring the sport to broadcast primetime for the first time in 30 years. The 11 two-hour annual live telecasts on ESPN (and one on ABC) will replace ESPN’s long-running Friday Night Fights series, which will air on May 22 for the final time after a 17-year run. The Friday Night Fights announcing team of Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will call the fights in the new series.

espn_logo__130813225927-275x206__140509150446ESPN’s first Premier Boxing Champions telecast under the deal is set for Saturday, July 11, at 9 PM ET on ESPN and Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.

PBC premiered March 7 on NBC and fought its way to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo from 8:30-11 PM in not-time zone adjusted fast affiliate ratings. That number is relatively on par with…

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