BT Sport will exclusively broadcast Tyson Fury’s heavyweight comeback fight in June as part of a long-term extension to its partnership with promoter Frank Warren.
The pay-TV broadcaster, which stepped into live boxing for the first time in 2017, has extended its partnership with Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions Ltd, and will continue to be the place to watch their world class stable of fighters, including Billy Joe Saunders, Carl Frampton and the recently re-signed Tyson Fury.
The former unified heavyweight world champion will return to the ring this June for his first fight since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury’s long-awaited comeback will take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, 9 June, a bout that will see Fury fight in the city for the first time since 2011.
A busy summer of live boxing on BT Sport, all of which will be available for subscribers at no extra cost, starts with the IBF featherweight world title showdown between bitter rivals Lee Selby and Josh Warrington on Saturday, 19 May at Elland Road.
Following Tyson Fury’s comeback fight on 9 June, Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight title defence against domestic rival Martin Murray takes place at the O2 on Saturday, 23 June, and Irish amateur hero Michael Conlan’s highly-anticipated Belfast homecoming fight on Saturday, 30 June.
BT Sport recently confirmed that it will be launching its own pay-per-view channel – BT Sport Box Office – in late 2018, which will be available on the BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media platforms.
Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content, BT Consumer, said:
“It is a golden era for British Boxing and never has the Warren stable of fighters looked more exciting, with a great line up of established names and up-and-coming young fighters. BT Sport subscribers can look forward to a fantastic summer of boxing.”
Further details of BT Sport’s plans for its pay-per-view channel will be revealed in due course.
BT Sport’s new deal with Frank Warren will see it continue to cover former two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton, in addition to former WBO Super-Welterweight World Champion Liam Smith and former WBO Lightweight World Champion Terry Flanagan, along with up-and-coming stars such as Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois and Light-Heavyweight knockout artist Anthony Yarde.
Commenting on the extension of BT Sport’s commitment to live boxing, promoter Frank Warren added:
“I’m delighted that BT Sport has extended its partnership with myself and Queensberry Promotions.
“The first year of our partnership has seen us deliver some outstanding fights and we look forward to some even bigger nights in 2018 and beyond, whilst continuing to do what we do best: developing the next crop of star boxers.”
For more information about BT Sport’s boxing coverage, visit btsport.com.