ESPN continues to work its way into becoming the one stop for big boxing events thanks to a media partnership with British promotion Queensbury Promotions.
The network has agreed to a multi-year partnership with the promotion founded by Frank Warren that will allow ESPN to broadcast U.K. and European boxing cards in the United States and in Canada.
The deal further deepens the already existing relationship between ESPN, Top Rank Boxing and Queensbury Promotions. All three parties have worked together to organize boxing cards in the past, but the new deal gives the boxers fighting under Warren’s banner a chance to become stars in the United States.
“We are committed to securing the biggest and best events from around the world. Our long-term objective is to showcase global talent and to expose the next generation of boxing stars. Frank Warren is a legend with a keen eye for building talent, and his elite stable has proven to resonate with North American fans," Top Rank President Todd duBoef said in a press release.
The first fight in the new deal will take place on October 6 in Leicester Arena with the main event being a junior welterweight bout between Jack Catterrall and Ohara Davies. Two big British prospects that are also set to appear on the card are two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams and rising undefeated heavyweight Daniel Dubois, who is facing former title challenger Kevin Johnson.
This is the second major British boxing promotion to ink a major broadcast deal in the United States after Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing signed an eight-year deal to have boxing fights be streamed exclusively in the United States on DAZN.