Whyte vs Chisora II picked up by Showtime for US broadcast
SHOWTIME Sports will present the highly anticipated rematch between top-rated heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora this Saturday, December 22, live on SHOWTIME at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. As with all SHOWTIME programming, the event will air live and via the networks’ streaming service.
Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) and Chisora (29-8, 21 KOs) will go toe-to-toe once again in a rematch of one of 2016’s best fights, live from London’s The O2 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL. The all-British affair between the bitter rivals has been brewing since Whyte narrowly edged Chisora in a back-and-forth slugfest that necessitated a rematch.
“SHOWTIME continues to lead the industry by delivering more of the most compelling boxing events from around the world to our premium cable subscribers and online streaming customers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, SHOWTIME Sports.
“This network has televised all of the most important heavyweight fights during the division’s renaissance, and we are proud to join Matchroom Sports in delivering Whyte-Chisora II to our audience.
Their first fight was action-packed from bell to bell. Now, with the stakes as high as they have ever been for both men, this bout promises to be even better. I hope the boxing pundits have not yet cast their vote for Fight, Knockout, and Round of the Year. Saturday’s matchup may challenge some of this year’s best.”
SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE WILL PROVIDE the SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL coverage with host Brian Custer and Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood calling the action.
The stakes are high in the rematch. Both Whyte and Chisora have been working toward world title opportunities against IBF, WBA, and WBO Champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Whyte holds the No. 1 ranking in the WBC and WBO and the WBA’s No. 4 positions. Chisora is ranked No. 5 by both the WBA and IBF and No. 9 by the WBC. Their first matchup was widely regarded as the best heavyweight matchup of 2016, and round five of their “sensational fight” earned Round of the Year honors from ESPN.