Here's some bittersweet news. The remainder of the World Boxing Super Series has finally managed to find its way to U.S. television — the rest of the quarterfinal matches, anyway. That's that good news. The not-so-good news, to most people I would imagine, is that the rest of these quarterfinal matches are going air on the Audience Network.
Now I've never heard of the Audience network before, and that's apparently because it's only narrowly available via DirecTV, U-Verse, and AT&T Unlimited Plus. The telecasts will begin at 7pm ET (on tape delay, with the exception of Stateside fights), and the first domestic airing begins with Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) vs. Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs), which will also feature at least one undercard bout.
"We're thrilled to be able to bring World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal action to sports fans in the U.S.," said Ringstar Sports promoter Richard Schaefer, one of the promoters putting on the cards throughout the tournament. "Audience Network, Audience Network On Demand and DirecTV Now are great platforms for this exciting round of cruiserweight and super middleweight matchups as the fighters begin their quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy."
This deal does not include any commitment for the semifinal and final rounds of both tournaments, so the meat and potatoes of this whole shebang is still up in the air Stateside.
Tell me, fans, how many of you actually even have the Audience Network anyway?