According to a report from ESPN, promoter Frank Warren and Top Rank have entered into a multi-year agreement which will provide ESPN+ the exclusive rights to broadcast all of his U.K. fight cards.
“We are committed to securing the biggest and best events from around the world,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef said. “Our long-term objective is to showcase global talent and to expose the next generation of boxing stars. Frank Warren is a legend with a keen eye for building talent, and his elite stable has proven to resonate with North American fans.”
The first card of the new deal is slated for Oct. 6 where the main event will be a junior welterweight contest between Jack Catterall (22-0, 12 KOs) and Ohara Davies (18-1, 14 KOs). Warren says the deal with Top Rank paves the way to increase the exposure of his fighters on this side of the Atlantic in a move he hopes will eventually develop them into international stars. In return Top Rank gets a bunch more fights as part of its deal with ESPN for its streaming platform — one hand washes the other, as the saying goes.
Warren and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum have been described as friends for decades, which perhaps made putting this whole deal together a little easier.