It looks like more boxing is coming to ESPN, as the network announces a deal with Golden Boy Promotions for a series of monthly fights.
The deal is centered around a new TV series called “Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN”, which will air on ESPN2 and will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes as well as streamed on ESPN3.
The deal is for two years — 18 cards set to air in 2017 and 24 more in 2018, with an option for a third year.
Although the fights have yet to be announced, the first card will take place on March 23 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
“ESPN is a flagship network with a history of showcasing and bringing audiences into the world of boxing, making this deal a natural fit for Golden Boy Promotions,” Golden Boy CEO, Oscar De La Hoya, said in a statement. “Having worked with ESPN in the past, we know first-hand that its multiple TV and digital platforms represent a must-watch for casual and diehard sports fans. I’m thrilled that Golden Boy’s talented stable of fighters will be showcased before a wide audience who will have the opportunity to watch and follow the sports’ current and future world champions.”
According to ESPN, the ESPN series is where many of Golden Boy’s top up-and-comers and contenders will fight regularly, until they are ready for the jump to bigger money fights on HBO.