Carl Frampton’s bid to make Irish boxing history will not be broadcast on Irish or UK TV.
As previously reported no TV network picked up ‘The Jackal’s’ April 3rd bout with WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring [22(1)-2(1)] – and the clash’s new promoters, D4G Boxing have confirmed the massive world title fight will be streamed online in Ireland and the UK by IFL TV.
The fight, when scheduled for June 13th of last year and February 27th of this year, was due to be broadcast on BT Sport across Ireland and Britain as well as ESPN across America.
However, after yet another delay and the moving of the fight to Dubai, TV interest cooled.
BT Sport won’t be picking up the fight, according to D4G, although some in MTK have claimed the British network will make a late move. Interestingly enough, Frampton’s co-promoter Frank Warren, who has the BT connection, has been silent on a massive historic fight and there was talk of TV fall out around the time of the last delay.
As things stand the eagerly anticipated fight will be aired on ESPN’s streaming platform ESPN+ in American and by IFL TV this side of the Atlantic – and with just over a week to go before glove off that seems unlikely to change.
It’s not ideal for ‘The Jackal’ who would be hoping his legacy cementing fight would pick up causal attention. The YouTube element makes it easier – and cheaper – for people to watch but the fight doesn’t reach the same audience as BT would bring to the table, not to mention it lacks that added glitz and glam surrounding boxing on the box.
Frampton [28(17)-2(0)], who is in Dubai preparing at present, may argue who watched or who broadcast the fight won’t matter in the long run. If the Jamie Moore trained fighter manages to become Ireland’s first three weight champion he will secure Hall of Fame status.
Still, it loses that ‘where were you when..’ element with lesser numbers tuning in to watch and Irish fans would argue one of our greatest and most popular fighters deserves a much bigger platform for what could prove his greatest night.