ITV’s schedule for Saturday night suggests the network and Sports Network, Frank Warren’s promotional company, has finally reached at least a short term agreement. Following weeks of debate on various boxing forums and presumably hours of negotiation between the two sides it is a relief for British boxing in general that Saturday’s bill will be widely available to the British public.
Amir Khan’s first step into championship class, proper championship class as opposed to the IBF Inter-Continental distraction he held for about 45 seconds, will be the key draw though the Commonwealth Title fight between Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton and Nicky Cook’s bid for the WBO Featherweight belt are, technically at least, the senior bouts on the card.
Saturday July 14
ITV4 – 2000-2100 – Nicky Cook v Steve Luevano
ITV1 – 2110-2310 – Amir Khan v Willie Limond; Matt Skelton v Michael Sprott
ITV4 – 2315-0000 – Kevin Mitchell v Alexander Hrulev
Where this leaves the Enzo Maccarinelli card the following week remains to be seen, although I’d like to see Sports Network forced, through the availability of competition, to put together cards of the quality fans are about to enjoy on he 14th and 21st on a more regular basis because the unifying complaint among fans is the lack of competitive and entertaining fights currently being arranged. One assumes ITV’s executives have arrived at a similar conclusion.
To view ITV’s full boxing schedule click here.