ESPN is the latest network to join the Premiere Boxing Champions stable, signing a multi-year agreement to televise 12 live boxing cards a year.
The Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN, created in association with boxing promoter Al Haymon, will debut July 11, the first of 12 two-hour primetime fight cards on the sports network, with ESPN Deportes televising all PBC ON ESPN fights as part of its Noche de Combates series, said network officials.
In addition, broadcast network ABC will air several Saturday afternoon boxing telecasts.
Live coverage will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. The agreement also includes worldwide rights via ESPN International.
ESPN’s current fight series Friday Night Fights, will end its run May 22 with the finals of the Boxcino 2015 tournament, said network officials.
ESPN joins NBC, CBS, Bounce TV and Spike as outlets for the Premier Boxing Champions series.
“ESPN has a long history of carrying world-class boxing events and the new Premier Boxing Champions series continues our commitment to the sport with premier-level primetime fights previously only available on premium cable networks,” said John Skipper, ESPN president in a statement.