The broadcaster has agreed deals with promoters Top Rank and Boxxer this year

Sky Sports Boxing

Sky Sports has revealed its boxing schedule for this winter.

The broadcaster has signed deals with promoters Top Rank and Boxxer to bring fights from the US, UK, and Ireland, after losing Matchroom Boxing’s bouts to DAZN this summer. The Top Rank deal brings a minimum of 18 US fight nights-per-year, while Boxxer brings around 14 UK fight nights-per-year plus Pay-Per-View fights and new formats. Both deals last for four years.

The first event of the Boxxer deal sees Chris Eubank, jr. facing Sven Elbir at London’s SSE ARENA, Wembley on 2 October, in a card that also includes David Avanesyan defending his European championship against the UK’s Liam Taylor, unbeaten since 2015, and Cruiserweight contender Richard Riakporhe returning from injury.

On 16 October, Hughie Fury faces Christian Hammer alongside bouts for WBO champion Savannah Marshall and Newcastle fan favourite Lewis Ritson, with 18 December seeing Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor defend his crown against WBO No. 1 contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Boxxer Series events will also be held in every major UK city, with Vick Hope presenting alongside the Sky Sports Boxing team. The first confirmed event is at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on 6 November.

In addition to British talent, worldwide stars such as Terence Crawford, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teófimo López, Naoya Inoue, Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson will also feature on Sky Sports, as well as top female boxers such as Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche from Top Rank, Savannah Marshall, Claressa Shields, and Olympic champion Caroline Dubois from Boxxer.

Sky Sports boxing schedule - more fights to be added

11th September - Fight Night International
Oscar Valdez v Robson Conceicao – WBC Super-Featherweight Title

25th September – Sky Sports Box Office
Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – IBF, WBA & WBO World Heavyweight Titles
Lawrence Okolie v Dilan Prasovic – WBO Cruiserweight Title

2nd October – Fight Night
Chris Eubank Jr. v Sven Elbir – 12 rounds Middleweight
David Avanesyan v Liam Taylor– European Welterweight Title
Richard Riakporhe v Krzysztof Twardowski – 8 rounds Cruiserweight

16th October – Fight Night
Savannah Marshall v Lolita Muzeya – WBO Middleweight Title
Hughie Fury v Christian Hammer – 12 rounds Heavyweight

24th October – Fight Night International
Jamel Herring v Shakur Stevenson – WBO Super-Featherweight Title

6th November – Boxxer Tournament
Boxxer Tournament

18th December – Fight Night
Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall – Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Title

Anthony Joshua’s bout with Oleksandr Usyk from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25 September will be available from Sky Sports Box Office.

With the British Boxing Board of Control, Sky Sports will also offer live streaming of amateur fights such as tournaments and a new annual Cup match in an attempt to grow the sport.

Boxxer founder Ben Shalom said: “We’re excited to continue the rich Sky Sports Boxing legacy and take it into a new era. We founded BOXXER to make the professional sport more accessible and create better opportunities in the sport for fighters.

“This long-term deal with Sky allows us to take that mission to the next level. The strategy will put fans first; showcasing the best fights from around the world and building the sport in the UK.”

Top Rank president Todd duBoef added: “Sky Sports has been the home to the biggest sporting events throughout UK for decades, and we look forward to bringing the world’s biggest boxing events and star talent from around the world to UK boxing fans.”

Sky Sports managing director Jonathan Licht said: “We’re thrilled to announce the first phase of our exciting new boxing schedule and we look forward to working closely with Top Rank and Boxxer to deliver the best fights to Sky Sports Boxing viewers, and to showcasing some of the best up-and-coming fighters in the UK. Sky Sports customers will have more access to boxing than ever before.”