Team Sauerland & Matchroom Boxing Agree Agree to TV Rights Deal

Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing have agreed an historic TV rights deal to share their big fight nights.

The fantastic deal for fight fans will see 12 World title fights in Germany broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Matchroom Fight Pass, with their Nordic Fight Night series also shown on the Fight Pass, Matchroom’s 20 shows on Sky Sports can be broadcast by the ProSiebenSat.1 media group in Germany on either SAT.1 television or its online platforms ran.de and maxdome.de, with Juergen Brahmer’s WBA World Light Heavyweight title clash with Robin Krasniqi on March 21 in Rostock the first to be aired. In addition to the deal, Matchroom and Sauerland will also have the opportunity to place their fighters on international cards.

UK fight fans will get up close and personal with the likes of Brahmer, WBO Super Middleweight World champion Arthur Abraham, IBF Cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez and rising stars such as Patrick and Micki Nielsen, Vincent Feigenbutz, Erik Skoglund and Jack Culcay. German fight fans will get to see international superstars in action like IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook, Super Middleweight World title challenger James DeGale MBE, WBA World champions Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell, Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns, WBC Featherweight World title challenger Lee Selby and Olympic Gold medal heroes Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE.

“I’m delighted to get this done and be working closely with Kalle, Nisse and Team Sauerland,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.

“We will be able to place quality World Championship boxing on both Sky Sports and the Matchroom Fight Pass platforms giving fight fans to many of the biggest shows across Europe. In addition, we now have the ability to add our talent to these shows and allow our young talent to grow and develop and experience new surroundings. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

“This is a historic collaboration, in which there are only winners,” said Kalle Sauerland. “The fans in Germany can now enjoy regular international class fights on SAT.1 and their online platforms. In addition, the deal guarantees our boxers maximum exposure in the UK market. There, superstars are made.”

His brother Nisse Sauerland adds: “We will work closely together to enable our young stars to gain early important international experience. This cooperation is a milestone in the international market.”

Sauerland and Matchroom has long been working closely together. In May 2013, it hosted the mega-battle between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in the sold-out O2 Arena in London. Froch and George Groves broke records in their World title rematch in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, and first Sauerland Event in England in September 2014 was also supported by Matchroom. Saturday night saw another collaboration between the promoters as Paul Smith fell to ‘King’ Arthur Abraham in their World title rematch in Berlin.

Sports Illustrated Names Oscar De La Hoya 2014 Boxing Promoter of the Year

LOS ANGELES (December 25, 2014) –Sports Illustrated has named Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya its 2014 Boxing Promoter of the Year.

 

The famed magazine noted: “De La Hoya has re-established himself as a force on the promotional landscape. He has repaired Golden Boy’s relationship with HBO, restored a working relationship with rival Top Rank and continued to build junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez into one of the biggest stars in boxing…his best days as a promoter lie ahead.

 

“I’m humbled and honored and thank Sports Illustrated for this incredible recognition,” Oscar De La Hoya said. “When I was inducted to the Boxing Hall of Fame in June, I made a promise that Golden Boy Promotions would focus all of its energies on a simple premise – bringing the best fights to the fans of our sport. In 2014, we started to deliver on that promise, but we have only scratched the surface of what is possible.. Working with our outstanding stable of fighters, our fellow promoters and everyone else in our sport who shares our goals, 2015 is primed to be a huge year for boxing.”

 

The recognition from Sports Illustrated caps an outstanding year for De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. Earlier 2014 highlights include De La Hoya’s induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame; recognition of De La Hoya’s accomplishments and contributions in and out of the ring from the California State Legislature; and the announcement that Golden Boy Promotions would once again start working with HBO Sports in addition to the company’s ongoing relationship with SHOWTIME.

Making good on the promise to put together the best fights for the fans, De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions brought huge events to venues all over the country, including bouts between superstar Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara; the legendary Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev; and a resurgent Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander to end the year strong.

 

De La Hoya promises that 2015 will be even better.

 

“I’ll never forget that boxing is for the fans. I do this for the fans. I want them to get the fights they want to see, and I won’t rest until that happens.”

Frank Warren Denies Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua Talks. Eyes Wladimir Klitschko

Promoter Frank Warren has said that media reports today of plans to make a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are both inaccurate and wide of the mark.
 
Fury defeated Chisora, for the second time, last Saturday night at the ExCeL London to win the British, European and WBO International Heavyweight titles, whilst securing the mandatory challenger position to Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO World title.
 
Whilst Joshua is an exciting talent, he is yet to go beyond three rounds in his first ten fights, mostly against ageing opposition and only has one championship fight on his record. However, Fury is now undefeated in 23 fights, and holds three championships belts and the number one spot with the WBO and Klitschko, who after his next fight in March, will be ordered to fight him next.
 
Tyson Fury, Fury Promotions and Hennessy Sports have an exclusive promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions and the next fight is scheduled for February in London. Following that, Klitschko is the target and negotiations will open in March and if an agreement isn’t reached, the fight will go to purse bids and will take place within 120 days thereafter. 
 
Joshua, seemingly a humble and level headed person, has already toned down the exaggerated comments of his promoter who stated only last month: “He destroys Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora right now”.
 
It is clear that Joshua’s promoter is looking to attract attention for his next fight against Kevin Johnson who has lost four of his five last fights that includes losses to both Fury and Chisora – who the Londoner also floored.
 
Right now Fury is in the heavyweight hot seat and his aim is to win the world heavyweight title next year and it’s currently a race between him and WBO number one middleweight, Billy Joe Saunders, himself, the British, Commonwealth and European Champion, as to who will be the first world champion from the travelling community.