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  • ITV is considering a new project which will see as many as 20 fight nights a year broadcast across their platforms
  • The dates will be split between ITV1 and ITV4 with additional plans for a separate pay-per-view channel also in the pipeline
  • Sky Sports and Box Nation as the two main outlets for boxing programming
  • But that could change, with ITV and Channel 5 looking to increase output
  • Carl Frampton's fight on ITV 4 saw peak viewing figures of 1.9 million for the channel's first live boxing event in almost six years

ITV bosses will meet this week to discuss a potentially seismic new deal for British boxing.

 

The channel is considering a new project which will see as many as 20 fight nights a year broadcast across their platforms.

 

It is understood the dates will be split between ITV1 and ITV4 with additional plans for a separate pay-per-view channel also in the pipeline.

 

Should the project go ahead, it will make ITV by far the most active terrestrial challenge currently operating in British boxing.

 

Mick Hennessy has promoted a number of strong shows, including the formative years of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which have been shown on Channel 5.

 

However, their coverage of the sport has reduced drastically leaving the non-free-to-air channels Sky Sports and Box Nation as the two main outlets for boxing programming in this country.

 

Channel 5 are understood to be in the process of rubber-stamping a fresh deal for their boxing coverage and it appears that they will now be joined by ITV as a terrestrial channel with a major interest in the sweet science.

 

ITV announced back in January 2015 that they would be showing Carl Frampton's IBF world super bantamweight title defence against Chris Avalos, while the undercard would be covered on ITV4.

 

The fight, which Frampton won via a fifth round stoppage, was a success for the channel, with peak viewing figures of 1.9 million for ITV's first live boxing event in almost six years. Now, a year on, it appears that they are on the verge of making a more consistent commitment to the sport.

 

It is understood that the influential yet mysterious American 'advisor' Al Haymon, who is still yet to conduct a single interview with any media outlet regarding his long-term plans in boxing, is keen to secure some, if not all, of the new ITV dates.

 

Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions, PBC, has seen regular boxing events broadcast on free-to-air networks across America – such as NBC and CBS.

 

This is in contrast to the sport's coverage on pay television services like HBO and Showtime. Now Haymon, the former music mogul, is hoping to move the PBC across the Atlantic.

 

He has a strong desire for a foothold in the UK market and has already signed up a long list of top British talent to advisory deals.

 

Amir Khan was one of the first to join him, while Haymon also holds contracts with IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale and IBF featherweight king Lee Selby, among others – including Frampton.

 

ITV could make British boxing a feature of terrestrial TV, showing up to 20 fights a year if chiefs agree new deal | Daily Mail Online

 

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20 cards a year is fantastic. Be good to have boxing back on one of the big mainstream channels. Hopefully has the knock on effect of encouraging youngsters to take up the sport.

Will mean better paydays for alot of British boxers and that can only be a good thing.

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Aslong as they don't bring the other Jim.......

 

http://e2.365dm.com/12/04/402x210/Jim-Watt-Boxing-Opinion-Expert_2745240.jpg?20120406171558

 

 

Ha ha, agreed. He was however, FAR better than sky's Paul Dempsey. How he got that job I will never know.....unless someone tells me that is.

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Does boxing get shown on terrestrial TV in Canada or USA?

 

Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champion shows are shown free-to-air as Repsac has said on various channels in USA. So why the fuck do the videos get pulled on YT?

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Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champion shows are shown free-to-air as Repsac has said on various channels in USA. So why the fuck do the videos get pulled on YT?

Because permission to broadcast stuff on a Tv channel is not the same as permission to broadcast/release via another medium. It's the same reason the BBC and others are forced to sit on huge chunks of their archives - rights issues from the players, any music rights, broadcast agreements with producers etc.

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Because permission to broadcast stuff on a Tv channel is not the same as permission to broadcast/release via another medium. It's the same reason the BBC and others are forced to sit on huge chunks of their archives - rights issues from the players, any music rights, broadcast agreements with producers etc.

 

That cant be the case at all, the logic doesn't work, because the Sky Sports, beIN, ARD, Telemundo, UniMas, Estrella, FightKlub, Fox Sports, Spike and Boxnation (to name but a few) content doesn't get pulled down. Methinks more to do with PBC having their own YT channel. They post highlight videos the day after fights, and after a month or more you get the full videos.

 

Addendum: I can understand Showtime and HBO pulling YT videos of PPV events while they are still charging for repeats of them. But PBC is free-to-air.

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Can only be good news but I can't see it equaling good quality cards.

 

I wouldn't at all be surprised if it was 18 poor cards in small halls and gyms shown on ITV and then 2 "big cards" with "talent" vs TBAs down the list!! No doubt it'll be Frank Warren getting a slice of the action too.

 

Call me cynical and negative but is this more than likely the scenario that will arise? :haha:

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I'm old enough to remember - ITV might adopt the old format of showing just one main event. Occasionally a support bout, very rarely did they show a full "card" as BN and Sky tend to do nowadays.

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20 cards a year is a pretty ambitious undertaking, I'm sure many of the cards will stink........it's just a case of they're putting on enough good ones to make it successful. But as some fans say,my friend George Jimenez being one of them, used to say "ANY boxing on TV and available is better than the alternative".

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Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champion shows are shown free-to-air as Repsac has said on various channels in USA. So why the fuck do the videos get pulled on YT?

PBC upload them to YouTube themselves, often weeks after the fight. I got whacked with a copyright for Mcdonnell vs Kameda I the day they put it up themselves

 

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As for the topic at hand, yay! Boxing grows where it's free and done well. The figures they are getting in Japan and China are a testament to that.

 

We'll never go the Japanese route sadly, where almost all world title fights with local fighters are on free TV* (last one that wasn't was Kinoshita vs Tete, next one will be Kimura vs Lopez) but it's a start.

 

Interestingly over there many fighters make their name on Subscription channels (G+ being the biggest example) or tape delay (with TBS-Guts Fighting, and Fuji TV-Diamond Glove being the two notable series of shows).

 

If boxing was smart we'd get tape delay broadcasts for free on a Sky Sports Freeview type of thing is on terrestrial at stupid o'clock.

 

*note the title fights on WOWOW, a pay channel, have been shown on free to air days to help advertise the channel which typically shows international fights.

 

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The number of cards a year is okay. It would be nice to have boxing back on mainstream channels. Hopefully the effect will encourage youngsters to take to going into sport.

Which mean better pay for a lot of British boxers and that;s a great news

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It's a welcome idea.it would be nice to see boxing on one of the big mainstream channels and this will encourage youngster into making a career out of sport and this also means better payday ahead for British boxers.

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