UK TV blackout for Wilder v Duhaupas
Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title clash with Johann Duhaupas has failed to be picked up by broadcasters in the United Kingdom.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ puts his title on the line for the second time this year against the Frenchman, although Sky Sports, BoxNation and BT Sport have all passed on showing the contest live on air.
Unless a last-gasp deal is agreed by one of the above networks, UK viewers will miss out on watching a title clash in the top division for the first time since the days of the Klitschko brothers’ total domination.
Wilder, 29, is a big name in Great Britain and around the world, but it seems that his choice of opponent is a turn-off for the UK TV hierarchy – following on from his victory over Eric Molina back in June.
The American is consistently linked to fights against UK punchers Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and the soon-to-be-returning David Haye, but this time around the British fight fans are set to miss out on an expected knockout performance.
Opponent Duhaupas has lost just twice in 32 contests as a pro, although his C.V leaves a lot to be desired and the 34 year-old has lost in far less class than Wilder previously.