As revealed by Irish-boxing.com earlier in the day Assassin Boxing Ireland and Red Corner Promotions have we put pen to paper with TG4 on a broadcast partnership for the live coverage of the bumper card on Saturday March 3rd at the National Stadium.
The eight-man single-elimination middleweight tournament takes centre stage in Dublin, while there is also an Irish light middleweight title clash between Craig O’Brien and Jay Byrne,
It’s the first time since since Henry Coyle’s win over Elio Cotena was broadcast on the same channel back in August of 2011 that a professional fight card will appear free to air on Irish television.
It is a massive boost not only for the card, the promoters, and fighters involved, but for the sport in Ireland too.
With a prize fund of €59,000 on offer and the fan-friendly nature of a format previously used by Sky Sports via the Prizefighter series, it certainly looks well-capable of being a TV success.
The promoters involved are certainly excited and Red Corner’s Jonathan Graham went as far as to suggest today’s announcement was landmark in nature.
“We are delighted to be working with TG4. TG4 have a proud tradition in Irish boxing having aired the elite championships. TG4 is a perfect fit for us in terms of a broadcast partner for maximum exposure for Irish boxing.”
“This is a watershed moment for Irish boxing. Boxers know where to come if they want terrestrial television.,” Graham said as the deal was officially confirmed.
Kaz Evans from Assassin Boxing Ireland was equally as excited and added that “it is an honour to bring pro boxing back to terrestrial television. I’m looking forward to Irish boxers getting the exposure they deserve.”
“This has been a long time coming and the entire team would like to thank TG4.”