Sky Sports extends Matchroom Boxing deal

Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have extended their exclusive UK and Ireland broadcast partnership until 2021, offering up to 120 nights of live boxing over the next six years.

The new agreement will bring even more exclusively live access to one of the strongest stables of fighters in world boxing.

Only on Sky Sports will boxing fans follow the next generation of British fighters, including James DeGale, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Kevin Mitchell, Scott Quigg, Luke Campbell and Anthony Crolla.

Viewers will also be able to watch gold medallist Anthony Joshua, one of Britain’s most exciting sporting prospects.

Sky Sports customers can look forward to watching 20 shows each year and follow all the build-up across its channels and digital outlets.

Increased digital coverage means Sky Sports viewers can enjoy even more access to fighters, exclusive interviews with special guests and other additional content, blogs and podcasts.

Sky Sports Managing Director 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 said: “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 number one sporting platform.”

Sky Sports News HQ will continue to provide all the latest news from the world of boxing plus analysis from some of the best experts in the sport.

Boxing fans will also be able to enjoy special On Demand content and enjoy a wholly more interactive experience on skysports.com and other Sky Sports platforms, bringing viewers even closer to each and every fight.

Following one of the most eagerly anticipated events in boxing history, the clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, live boxing on Sky Sports in May keeps on coming.

This Saturday James DeGale is taking on Andre Dirrell for vacant IBF title in Boston and on May 30, fight fans will enjoy another huge night of boxing from The O2.

This event, on Sky Sports Box Office, is headlined by Kell Brook v Frankie Gavin and will also feature an undercard including Anthony Joshua as well as 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 Fab Four of David Price, Tony Bellew, Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding return to the Echo Arena on June 26.

Then on July 18, Manchester holds a huge double world title bill when Scott Quigg defends his title against Kiko Martinez and Anthony Crolla challenges Darley’s Perez for the world lightweight title.

For more information about Matchroom Boxing, visit the official website.

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