Matchroom signs new five-year deal with Sky Sports
- Updated: May 21, 2015
Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have jointly announced a new five-year deal (extending the one year that was remaining) that will see up to 120 boxing cards over the next six years.
The deal will give fight fans in the UK and Ireland additional opportunities to see fighters such as James DeGale, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Kevin Mitchell, Scott Quigg, Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua and Anthony Crolla.
Sky Sports will be looking to broadcast approximately 20 shows per year and managing director of the network Barney Francis says, “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.”
Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn added, “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.
“Without Sky Sports consistent backing of British boxing over the years, none of this would have been possible and as we approach a golden era for our sport, it makes me proud to provide such an elite team of fighters with the opportunity to achieve their dreams on the UK’s no.1 sporting platform.”
This Saturday night James DeGale is taking on Andre Dirrell for vacant IBF 168-pound title in Boston and on May 30, fans will get a bigt card from The O2 headlined by Kell Brook against Frankie Gavin with Anthony Joshua being on the card along with two world title fights from Kevin Mitchell and Lee Selby.
Also this summer, Paul Smith tackles Andre Ward in Oakland on June 20, Liverpool’s David Price, Tony Bellew, Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding return to the Echo Arena on June 26 and Manchester holds a huge double world title bill on July 18 when Scott Quigg defends his title against Kiko Martinez and Anthony Crolla challenges Darley’s Perez for his lightweight belt.