The last Fight Night card was held on June 16th, with Tomasz Adamek defeating Eddie Chambers in the main event.
Two Years Added to Fight Night Contract
A huge boost came to the game of boxing on Monday, with the NBC Sports Group adding two years to its television deal with promoter Main Events. Up to 16 cards are expected over the course of the two-year extension of the Fight Night boxing series, which debuted in January of 2012.
“We are once again reaching out to all promoters to get involved in the series," Main Events President Kathy Duva remarked. "The multiple promoter format worked incredibly well during season one, and we are hoping to continue to build on the momentum. All fighters who are willing to further their careers by engaging in compelling, interesting, meaningful matches are welcome."
Jon Miller, who is the President of Programming for NBC Sports, also voiced his happiness in the extension of the deal.
"Fight Night has been a tremendous success,” he said. “The unique approach to have multiple promoters competing to put fights on the NBC Sports Network has allowed us to produce compelling match-ups and incredibly exciting shows. NBC is committed to the property, and we are looking forward to expanding the series from six telecasts to up to 16."
During 2013-14, 12 telecasts will occur on the NBC Sports Network, with as many as four shows airing on NBC and officially marking the return of boxing to broadcast television. The program will debut on NBC on December 22nd, and the first two shows planned for the NBC Sports Network in 2013 will air on January 19th and March 9th.
The Fight Night commentary team of blow-by-blow man Kenny Rice, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, cruiserweight BJ Flores and ringside reporter Chris Mannix will all remain intact as the program goes forward.
The last broadcast of the Fight Night series was held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on June 16th, with Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) decisioning Philadelphia native Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) in the main event. Adamek returns to Prudential Center on September 8th on what will be an afternoon PPV card (to accommodate viewers in Poland), and rumors are swirling around that he will face former top pound-for-pound fighter James Toney (74-7-3, 45 KOs).