Internet Boxing Breakthrough?
December 10, 2005
By Karl Freitag from Sweet Science
Today is one of the most interesting and important days in the short history of the love affair between the Internet and boxing. And decisions you make today will have an impact on fights you can see in the future.
Two weeks ago, the unification fight between Ricky Hatton and Carlos Maussa was seen live in the United States and worldwide. But, it was not seen on the premium channels. Instead it was made available via inexpensive pay-per-view telecast on cable/satellite TV and over the Internet at Mediazone.com.
Today, two other fight cards are being made available. While not as big as Hatton-Maussa, they both carry some pretty good punch of their own.
Event #1: London, England
Audley Harrison vs Danny Williams is being called "the biggest British heavyweight fight in a decade." Also on the card are British heavyweight champion Matt Skelton, who is 17-0 with 16 KOs (and who is 38 years old!!), and Olympic medallist Amir Khan, the wunderkind who is generating big headlines. This card begins at 3PM ET/Noon PT. The pay-per-view telecast is available on cable systems served by TVN, and satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. It can also be seen via live webcast at www.mediazone.com.
Event #2: San Juan, Puerto Rico
The card features a boxer-puncher battle between unbeaten WBO minimumweight champion Ivan Calderon and former champ Daniel Reyes (35-3-1, 30 KOs) plus heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs, who is facing little known Brazilian Luciano Zolyone. What makes this interesting is that Zolyone has a record of 22-0-1 with 21 knockouts. This event can be seen at 8PM ET/5PM PT via live webcast at www.mediazone.com.
For the real boxing aficionado, today offers a fantastic array of choices. You can see the fights in England, then come back in a few hours to see the fights in Puerto Rico, then flip over to HBO to see Winky Wright vs Sam Soliman. You can even make the fights a little more interesting with a wager at Sportsbook.com.
A year ago, heck, even a month ago, you couldn't even see Saturday afternoon boxing or most international fights. The question is will you be able to continue to do it in the future?
The results for Hatton-Maussa were encouraging. If fight fans continue to support these lowcost pay-per-view events and webcasts, there will be more to come in the future.
Imagine a day when, in addition to the great fights offered on television, you have live access to any boxing match you want to see worldwide.
The Internet has already revolutionized the way boxing news is reported. This could be the start of a new revolution that will greatly increase the number of live boxing events you can see.
So if you're tired of missing big fights that aren't televised, if you're tired of having to wait to see tape delayed broadcasts, if you're tired of not seeing champions and top fighters whose bouts are never seen on TV, today is the day to do something about it. If you can, why not order the pay-per-view telecast or one of the webcasts? It will help boxing, plus it should be fun.