Top Rank finalizes mega-deal with ESPN

Top Rank finalizes mega-deal with ESPN

Published August 26, 2017 


LAS VEGAS - It was announced today that Top Rank reached a four-year deal with ESPN to broadcast Top Rank's fights on ESPN platforms exclusively. 

Under terms of the deal, Top Rank will create a direct-to-consumer boxing vertical with international reach (the sport remains popular in the U.K. as well as in Asia and Latin America), and ESPN will get a minimum of 16 fights a year to run on ESPN (or ABC primetime), with a minimum of two additional direct-to-consumer live boxing cards exclusive to ESPN's upcoming multisport digital service that's set to launch in early 2018.

Also included in the deal are at least 50 additional hours of programming on ESPN each year, including studio shows, documentaries, and additional boxing programming. As for the Top Rank library, ESPN is getting the rights, and archival fights will be available on the ESPN OTT service.

“Top Rank is thrilled to enter into this relationship with ESPN, one of the top sports media brands in the world,” duBoef said. “This unprecedented partnership offers a 360 (degree) approach to the entire boxing vertical, including live world class events, unparalleled coverage as well as access to historical moments in the sport.”
— Todd duBoef

 

Next up on 9/22, from Tucson, Arizona featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez will defend his title against challenger Genesis Servania and super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez will clash with challenger Jesse Hart. 

 

There are three additional cards planned through the end of the year:

Junior featherweight champion Jesse Magdaleno will take on mandatory challenger Cesar Juarez and Artur Beterbiev taking on Enrico Koelling in the co-feature bout on Oct 31.

Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao are finalizing a deal to meet in a highly anticipated rematch on 11/11 in Australia.

And finally, on 12/9, Vasyl Lomachenko may meet fellow two-time Olympic Gold medalist and junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden in what is a boxing purist dream-fight. 

Top Rank and ESPN combining in this deal is incredible news for the sport of boxing as this will certainly broaden the reach, and help to attract more casual sports fans to a sport which many feel has declined in recent years.  

 

Feature Photo: Top Rank Boxing

 

 

 

 

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