QUOTE (mgrover @ Aug 14 2011, 09:25 PM)
looks like its back to streaming fights again. am guessing boxing in the UK will take a huge hit for this. I don't blame sky, but the quality of the fighters, it seems David Haye put sky off lol
This will be excellent news for boxing in the UK. Sky have long been taking the piss with their PPV shows, none of which were worth the extra fee. With terrestrial television getting back in the mix boxing will regain a much larger viewing audience. You gotta bare in mind that when Hatton fought say Mayweather, the fight was on at 4am UK time. So people have to stay up all fuckin' night and pay an extra £15 for the fight. Only the devoted fans are gonna do that.
To see Tyson Fury-Derrick Chisora got 2.9m viewers on the unfashionable channel 5 is bloody brilliant news. Check this out for viewing figures in the UK when the fights were all shown free.
Ali v Frazier 1971 BBC 27.3m
McGuigan v Cabrera 1986 BBC 18.3m
McGuigan v Pedroza 1985 BBC 18.0m
Eubank v Benn 1993 ITV 16.3m
Malinga v Eubank 1992 ITV 13.3m
Benn v McClellan 1995 ITV 13.1m
Rocchigiani v Eubank 1994 ITV 12.3m
Eubank v Close 1993 ITV 11.5m
Eubank v Thornton 1992 ITV 10.3m
Eubank v Holmes 1993 ITV 10.1m
Bruno v Marin 1995 ITV 10.m