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January 23, 2017

Frank Warren announces BT Sport dates

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by Shaun Brown

After weeks of anticipation details of what fights have been made as part of Frank Warren's broadcast deal with BT Sport have been announced.

Big-time boxing will hit BT Sport screens from February 24 after last year's ground-breaking deal with Boxnation. The deal will feature 20 Saturday fight nights per year including some of the biggest names and the biggest fights. One of which will be the all-Mexican showdown between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on May 6 from Las Vegas. Alvarez v Chavez Jr will form part of a televised double-header with Bradley Skeete making the second defence of his British welterweight title earlier in the evening from the Copper Box, London against Shayne Singleton. A card which will feature two more British title bouts.

Fans, however, can look forward to one of the most highly anticipated all-British fights of the year when Liam Smith, the former WBO super welterweight champion, faces off against unbeaten Liam Williams on April 8 at Manchester Arena. That card will also feature Terry Flangan's fifth defence of his WBO lightweight title, since becoming champion in July 2015, against the governing body's number two contender Petr Petrov. 

"That's a tough fight," said Warren when he spoke to Talking Boxing earlier this morning. "That card will feature the pro debut of Nicola Adams and Daniel Dubois. and a real good undercard too."

Speaking about Smith v Williams, Warren said: "It's a great fight. A good British, domestic fight... a good world level fight."

Warren, however, confirmed that it would not be for the WBO super welterweight title which is not vacant as some initally thought.

Adams becomes the first female boxer to be signed to Warren's stable. The Olympic champion will also feature on May 13 in Leeds, a bill which will be headlined by another new signing in local hero Josh Warrington who faces Marco McCullough. 

The Warren/BT Sport express makes a stop in Leicester too on April 22 with British middleweight champion Tommy Langford defending his Lonsdale belt in an all-Brummie derby against Craig Cunningham, who upset the odds against Anthony Ogogo last year. That card will also feature Tyrone Nurse defending his British super lightweight title against Joe Hughes.

"Fights that we will be announcing within the next week will be Billy Joe Saunders next defence of his (WBO middleweight) title, and announcing the venue for Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury. We're hoping it will be in the UK," Warren added.

"It's good for the boxing fans. These are great fights. And some of those are A-star fights.

"It's all good stuff. Boxnation are going to get out regularly on BT platform. Some of these fights will be simulcasts between BT and Boxnation. BT has 32 million customers. Four years ago Sky Sports had six million customers they're down to 4.5 million now, BT Sport are at 6.5 -7million. Last year BT took over the EE mobile phone company who have 18 million subscribers. Fights will be able to be seen on EE in the future."

Warren also said he is looking forward to having former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson Fury back in the mix, and back on our screens.

"One thing I will say is we're really looking forward to having Tyson back, overcoming his problems and once he comes back to the family we can get him involved again."

2017 was already looking like a promising year for boxing. This can only make the future event brighter with more announcements regarding further big fights still to come.