BoxNation yesterday made a massive announcement; They revealed at a press conference Bringing together some of the biggest names in British boxing. Negotiations with Bill Ives, Chairman of Rainham Steel, are apparently in the final stages and the Steel magnet is expected to become a major shareholder in the dedicated fight Channel. After recent deals with Frank Maloney Promotions, Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions and Khan Promotions, BoxNation announced that Ricky Hatton, of Hatton Promotions, has reached a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren which will see his healthy stable of boxers will now appear exclusively on BoxNation, after SkySports refused to renew his contract with them. Part of the deal will see Hatton and his former promoter Frank Warren will put their pasf differences aside to co-promote events on a regular basis. A massive coup for BoxNation, and their pier resistance on a positive day for boxing fans, was that they will screen live the fight billed as “The One”, and the biggest match-up that can possibly be made at the moment, Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs. Saul Alvarez on Saturday 14th September. What a fight that promises to be and the one that can cement Mayweather’s place has the No1 undisputed boxer of his generation. BoxNation has been in existence for less than two years now, formed in September 2011, it has been a breath of fresh air for TV boxing fans, who were nearly forced to be monopolised by SkySports’ decision to just retain the services of one promoter’s stable of fighters and that was Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports. To compete with SkySports and to bring the best possible International and British fights to air, BoxNation have invested millions of pounds in the sport and continue to do so. There were the rumours on the fight circuit and internet, that the channel was on it’s arse after initially pumping in wads of cash and not getting the return on subscriber numbers. But the channel now seems to have ridden the storm and people are now starting to get it, this is not a fly by net outfit, this is a serious boxing organisation and for £10 a month a no brainer.
[sam_ad id=”1″ codes=”true”]The big investment by Bill Ives, who was a former amateur boxer and is a massive fight fan, is another tick in the box and will surely grow the channel. BoxNation have said the investment will give the channel further stability, HD broadcast and financial resource to continue the growth and together with the new promoter deal have promised to deliver. Recently Barry McGuigan took his unbeaten European super-featherweight champion Carl Frampton over to BoxNation. Prior to that Frank Maloney had signed a deal to showcase his stable of fighters headed by heavyweight contender David Price, on the channel, joining Frank Warren, who has now added Ricky Hatton in a joint deal.