Over the past couple of years, Eddie Hearn has assembled a highly impressive stable of talent at domestic and world level, and now has four world champions on the books - Carl Froch, Ricky Burns, Darren Barker and Scot Quigg. Tony Bellew and Kell Brook will be in world title action, with fellow British stars Kell Brook, Kevin Mitchell, Lee Selby and Anthony Crolla all on the cusp of major fights.
Young guns Callum Smith, Kal Yafai, Scotty Cardle and Thomas Stalker will break through to title action and Olympic Gold medalists Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE will continue their pro journeys. On Sky before Christmas, big fights from America will feature Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Gennady Golovkin, Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.
Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn said: “I'm delighted to announce a new two-year extension to our existing contract with Sky Sports which will see us as the principle promoter on the channel to summer 2016. We have developed one of the strongest stables ever seen in world boxing and the extension gives us the perfect platform to grow our team and provide them all with the ultimate opportunity to achieve within the sport."
Executive producer of boxing at Sky Sports, Adam Smith said: “From the high drama of live Fight Nights to our extensive support programming like Ringside, Behind The Ropes and The Gloves Are Off, plus our huge commitment to online content, we are confident fight fans will continue to enjoy the very best quality, innovation and excitement on Sky Sports.”
Before the end of 2013, Sky will show:
October 5 Quigg takes on Yoandris Salinas tomorrow (5 October) for the WBA Super-Bantamweight title at The O2, Joshua making his hotly-anticipated pro debut, then over to Florida where three-weight World champion Miguel Cotto faces Devlin Rodriguez.
October 12 Las Vegas is the destination on 12 October for the clash between unbeaten WBO Welterweight king Timothy Bradley and Mexican four-weight World champion Juan Manuel Marquez, whilst Orlando Cruz and Orlando Salido battle for the vacant WBO Featherweight title.
October 19 Mike Alvarado defends his WBO Light-Welterweight title against exciting Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in Denver on 19 October.
October 26 Unbeaten Welterweight star Brook tackles Vyacheslav Senchenko in Sheffield in a huge test of the Steel City man’s World title credentials, with Blackpool’s Brian Rose in a WBO Light-Middleweight World title eliminator against Javier Maciel.
November 2 Luke Campbell MBE fights in his hometown of Hull for the second time, before fearsome WBA and IBO Middleweight KO king Gennady Golovkin defends his belts against Curtis Stevens in New York.
November 23 World champion Froch and challenger Groves clash for The Cobra’s WBA and IBF Super-Middleweight on Sky Sports Box Office.
December 7 Darren Barker wrapping up a stellar year of boxing on when he defends his IBF Middleweight belt against Felix Sturm in Germany.
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