EPIX TO EXCLUSIVELY AIR U.S. BROADCAST OF THE BRAEHMER-CLEVERLY
WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT, VIA TAPE-DELAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 18
NEW YORK (May 11, 2011) – EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will exclusively televise to the U.S., via tape delay, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight title fight between defending champion JUERGEN BRAEHMER and WBO interim light heavyweight champion NATHAN CLEVERLY, Saturday June 18. EpixHD.com will also stream the broadcast as part of a free two-week trial offer.
Promoted by Frank Warren, the Braehmer vs. Cleverly world title fight will take place Saturday, May 21 at The O2 in London. The EPIX tape-delay broadcast will also include the highly-charged grudge match between rivals James DeGale and George Groves for the British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles.
“With so much attention being focused on the light heavyweight division lately, EPIX is very happy to be able to present this exciting world title fight between defending WBO champion Juergen Braehmer and WBO interim champion Nathan Cleverly and James DeGale against George Groves,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “Combined, 39 of their 57 victories have come by knockout. It’s a good bet knockout No. 40 will occur during this exciting rumble.”
Hall of Fame promoter Warren, now into his 30th year in the sport, said after completing the deal: “It’s fantastic to be working with the new kids on the block, EPIX, for the first time and it’s a great show to start off with. I’ve worked with Mark Greenberg in the early days at Showtime and I’m delighted to be working with him again. The show at The O2 is set to be a great night showcasing the best talent in British boxing, DeGale against Groves is the biggest domestic showdown since the Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank epics in the ‘90s and is heating up to be a dynamite fight; Cleverly is the rising young star and he faces a big test against Braehmer, who is a tough and experienced champion and a win for him will put him in the frame for big fights against top Americans Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud. It will give the boxers a great opportunity to showcase their talent and establish themselves in the U.S. early in their careers.”
EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies.