STOCKHOLM, 11-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — MTG’s TV channels and streaming service Viaplay will be the exclusive home of the World Boxing Super Series in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Starting on 9 September, fight fans can follow every punch live as the world’s top cruiserweight and super middleweight boxers – including Swedish and Latvian superstars Erik Skoglund and Mairis Briedis – compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
- MTG is exclusive media partner for the World Boxing Super Series across the Nordic and Baltic regions
- Unique tournament sees 16 elite fighters competing for USD 50 million in prize money and the greatest prize in boxing – the Muhammad Ali Trophy
- Tournament opens on 9 September when WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk takes on Marco Huck in Berlin, Germany
Seven world title belts and USD 50 million in prize money are on the line in the first season of the World Boxing Super Series, which brings together 16 elite boxers in the cruiserweight and super middleweight weight classes for a unique bracket-style elimination tournament.
The quarter-finals (autumn 2017), semi-finals (early 2018) and grand final in May 2018 will provide fans with a total of 14 high quality fight nights staged in premier venues around the globe.
Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport: “This tournament is what boxing fans everywhere have been dreaming about – an elimination format with the best fighting the best for a prize named after the greatest fighter of all time. Nine of the boxers taking part have never lost a fight, and the combined record for all 16 participants is an astonishing 423 wins and 294 KOs. Get ready to rumble as we bring fantastic live fight action to our platforms across the Nordic and Baltic regions – the recent Mayweather vs McGregor fight was MTG’s most successful ever, so we’re even more excited about what’s to come.”
The first quarter-final fight is on 9 September when Oleksandr Usyk takes on Marco Huck in Berlin, and will be shown on a combination of MTG’s Nordic and Baltic TV channels and streaming service Viaplay.
MTG broadcasts more than 50,000 hours of high quality live sport every year on its TV channels and streaming services, including NHL and KHL ice hockey, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, La Liga, Formula One, NFL American football, boxing, UFC and golf.
MP & Silva, the sports media rights agency, acted as the sales agent for the Baltic region on behalf of the World Boxing Super Series.
About World Boxing Super Series
WBSS is owned and organized by Comosa AG, which was founded by Highlight Event & Entertainment AG, MTG and SPAG Sauerland Promotion AG. Comosa AG is working in partnership with boxers, promoters and managers around the world, and in alignment with the four major World Boxing Federations, to create a new global platform for the sport. Visit WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com for more information or follow @WBSuperSeries on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Quarter-finals fight schedule:
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
TO BE CONFIRMED
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
NOTES TO EDITORS
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SOURCE: Modern Times Group MTG