Exclusive: Kalle Sauerland talks TV coverage, reveals what happens if a WBSS fight is drawn

Joe Hewlett 04/08/2017

The World Boxing Super Series is just over a month from beginning after the concept was officially announced back in March.

However, there are still many things that are awaiting finalisation, including what TV network from the UK will broadcast the tournament.

Kelle Sauerland, one half of Sauerland Promotions, has confirmed an announcement will be made soon.

“I haven’t got much to do with the broadcasting side of things, I don’t have much to do with the event or ticketing side of things, it’s a very big set-up that’s been undertaken and the television rights are handled by an agency who were sold the rights worldwide. That agency is MP and Silver who handle products like La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Roland Garros,” Kalle exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I know they’re cracking on in the UK at the moment and I’m hearing they’re making good progress with a few broadcasting partners and it’s a cracking product for whoever gets it in the end. From a UK prospective there’s some smashing fights and potentially some mega super-fights between Brits that could happen but you obviously don’t look any further than the first round.

“I would guess the announcement will be made in the next 10-14 days but I’m not in charge so I can’t answer that,” he added.

Another grey area surrounding the knockout format is the question of what happens if one of the fights results in a draw.

Sauerland, 40, has reassured fans that there will be a definite winner in each fight.

“There will always be a winner, there won’t be any draws. The judges will add the numbers up in a different way of who won the last round, there’ll be tiebreakers all the way down and it’s the only way you can do it in the end.

“The official rules will be made public just before the first fight. There won’t be any draws, ultimately no.”

The opening fight will involve Britain’s Callum Smith at the Liverpool Echo Arena against Swede Erik Skoglund on September 16 with the vacant WBC Diamond title on offer.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95