LOS ANGELES – In a first for U.S. cable television networks, and in a huge boon for boxing fans, FSN announces that it will select the best fight from around the world each month and showcase it domestically. Telecast under the successful Best Damn Championship Fight Night banner, these monthly installments promise to deliver instant classics, top-notch title fights profiling great battles between the best fighters in the international community.
On Tuesday, December 23, FSN offers up the first of these international fights, a replay a bout boxing writers are calling a leading candidate for Fight of the Year as the UK’s Carl “The Cobra” Froch (23-0, 19ko) takes on Canada’s Jean Pascal (21-0, 14ko) for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight crown. Hosted by Chris Rose, BEST DAMN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT NIGHT PERIOD airs at 9:00 PM, 11:00 PM and 12:30 AM local.
“We’re pleased to be able to hand-pick the best championship fights from around the world and televise them to FSN’s loyal boxing fans,” said George Greenberg, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. “These title fights deserve to be seen in the U.S. market.”
Announcer John Rawling and analyst Duke McKenzie call the 12-round bout that took place on December 6, 2008 in Nottingham, England.
Future fights will be selected on each month based on the fighters, the title they were fighting for, critical acclaim for the fight and with input from FSN’s boxing experts. Each fight will be cut down to one hour for the U.S. viewing audience.
FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. FSN’s 19 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN also produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1,700 in high definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball and Pac-10 and Big 12 football.