This weekend sees BT Sport’s first live boxing broadcast with two World Championship fights and Nicola Adams’ professional debut featuring in a Saturday night to remember on BT Sport.
Taking place at the Manchester Arena, Terry Flanagan is headlining the event when he puts his 32 fight unbeaten record on the line for his WBO World Lightweight Championship fight against the dangerous Russian Petr Petrov. A win for Flanagan, this Saturday, 8 April, in his native city could then result in a mouth-watering unification clash against WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares.
The blockbuster card will showcase British boxing’s first female Olympic gold medal winner and double Olympic Champion, flyweight Nicola Adams, taking on Argentinian Virginia Carcamo in what will be her first professional fight over four two minute rounds.
The first World Championship fight of the night will see the eagerly anticipated meeting between Liverpudlian Liam Smith and Welshman and current British Champion, Liam Williams. Smith, the former WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion will be bidding to reclaim the interim version of his crown, having lost his one and only fight against the Mexican Canelo Alvarez last year.
Starting at 8:30pm on BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport 4K UHD, the first fight night will be presented by Paul Dempsey who will be joined by former world champion, Richie Woodhall and Steve Bunce. John Rawling will be commentating alongside Richie and Ronald McIntosh will be ringside as roving reporter.
Elsewhere on the undercard, southpaw and unbeaten Lancastrian, Jack Catterall will battle it out against his fellow Englishman Martin Gethin as they enter the ring for the WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Championship.
The first fight of the night will see the exciting and highly rated Daniel Dubois also make his professional debut when he takes on Marcus Kelly.
In the lead up to the fights, BT Sport will be showing a brand new preview show, No Filter Boxing, on its digital channels, giving fans a fresh and intimate insight into a boxer’s preparations for fight night. This will include Liam Smith talking fighting and football with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool’s Anfield, Nicola Adams letting the cameras into her San Francisco training camp and Terry Flanagan showing the cameras around his native Manchester.
BT Sport’s live coverage will be a world first as the sport will be shown in Ultra High Definition with Dolby Atmos. Virtual Reality highlights of the fight footage will be published near live through BT Sport’s social media.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “I am really excited that after months of build-up BT Sport is counting down the days until the first fight night to be shown on the network and online. We have some great fights on the first night, with two world title fights, Nicola Adams debut and Daniel Dubois making his professional bow.”
“We have an exciting line-up of highly experienced and respected presenters, commentators and pundits who won’t miss a punch nor pull a punch in making sure we capture all the action and the stories of each and every fight.”
“Innovation is at the forefront of everything we do at BT Sport and our new digital series ‘No filter Boxing’ will reach out and engage an entirely new boxing audience providing them with unique behind the scenes content in the build-up to all our big fights.”
You can watch Fight Night Live on Saturday 8th April at 8.30pm on BT Sport 1HD and on BT Sport 4k UHD. To watch the preview shows, No Filter Boxing, visit btsport.com.