COMOSA AG and MP & Silva, the sports media rights agency, acting as the sales agent on behalf of the World Boxing Super Series, are pleased to announce an exclusive media rights agreement with Türk Telekom and Match TV to showcase the inaugural 2017/18 season of the World Boxing Super Series and its quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Türk Telekom is the first integrated telecommunications operator in Turkey, and will cover all Fight Nights of the World Boxing Super Series 2017/18, with the first quarter-final fight on September 9th.
The tournament will be of particular interest to Turkish audiences as the quarter-final on October 7th sees Turkish boxer Avni Yildirim take on the No. 3 seed Chris Eubank Jr. (IBO Champion). The fight is to be held in Stuttgart, Germany. There is also particular local interest from the Russian fans as both Russian IBF World Champions Murat Gassiev (fighting against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on the 21st October) and ‘The Russian Hammer’ Dmitry Kudryashov (fighting against Yunier Dorticos on the 23rd September) are competing in the tournament.
MP & Silva’s CEO, Jochen Lösch: “Türk Telekom is a fantastic premium partner to showcase the World Boxing Super Series and the perfect platform for the tournament in Turkey. I’m thrilled to announce this important partnership.” He also said: “I’m very pleased that Russian fans will be able to watch the World Boxing Super Series on Match TV, the premium Russian sports media broadcaster.”
Roger Lodewick, COMOSA’s Chief Commercial Officer: “We’re delighted to have Türk Telekom as our partner in Turkey. Türk Telekom is a strong and innovative partner with key sporting properties like the UEFA Champions League on their platform. The World Boxing Super Series is also providing the best of the best and as a result we see this partnership as an acknowledgement of the premium level of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.” Continuing about the partnership with Match TV, “Match TV is the premium sports media partner in Russia, and the perfect home for the World Boxing Super Series. We are very pleased that the Russian audience and boxing fans will have the chance to watch the Muhammad Ali Trophy on Match TV.”
Türk Telekom said in a statement: “We are proud to be the broadcaster of the World Boxing Super Series on Türk Telekom Tivibu. Also, we are happy to bring together Turkish talent Avni Yıldırım with Turkish sports fans; in addition to 2.3 million subscribers. World Boxing Super Series will be available with highlights and clips on free platforms such as tivibuspor.com and Tivibu Sports Free to air channel with exclusive live programs. Muhammad Ali is an iconic and significant name for Turkish sport fans at all times. Therefore, we are confident that the World Boxing Super Series will be this year’s one of the best sports event in Turkey. We are planning to broadcast all games and every small detail of Muhammad Ali Trophy in Turkey, as well.”
Furthermore media rights agreements have been concluded in Bulgaria (Nova), Ukraine (Inter), Singapore (StarHub), Belgium (VOO) and Sub-Saharan Africa (TVMS).
Baltics & Nordics media deal for WBSS
Modern Times Group (MTG) has acquired the exclusive rights for Viaplay and Viasat in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to broadcast the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS). WBSS is a new revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament featuring the world`s best boxers and a total of $50 million in prize money.
Boxing Fans will have the chance to see Live coverage of the Tournament including the WBC World Champion, Mairis Briedis. The battle for Muhammad Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight division comes to Riga, Latvia on September 30 when the World Champion faces Mike Perez in their quarter-final bout at the Riga Arena.
Sandra Kraujina, Head of Sports MTG Baltics: “We are excited to be a part of this event and happy that we have a chance to bring World Class Boxing events to Baltics via Viaplay and Viasat platforms. We believe there are a great number of quality boxing fans in the Baltic States looking for unique and exciting boxing action. By signing exclusive contract with WBSS, we are responding to our viewers’ demand and we hope that not only boxing fans will find WBSS interesting to watch”.
MP & Silva’s CEO, Jochen Lösch, said: “I’m delighted that a world class media group like MTG will broadcast every fight in the World Boxing Super Series. This will be a fantastic tournament, and I’m sure boxing fans will enjoy watching this elite competition.”
Roger Lodewick, COMOSA’s Chief Commercial Officer: “Having a strong partner in the Baltics was key for us, and we feel that MTG Baltics is that partner. Boxing is very popular in the territory, and we are very confident that with MTG Baltics we have a perfect partner to bring world class boxing to the people in the Baltics.”
Media rights agreement was signed for full season, with 14 live broadcasts from September 2017 to May 2018. WBSS tournament quarterfinals will take place during the months of September and October. Tentatively, the semi-finals will be staged in January and February 2018, before the respective finals in May. MP & Silva, the sports media rights agency, acted as the sales agent on behalf of the World Boxing Super Series.
There are two divisions set for season 1, with 16 participants and two alternates for each bracket — cruiserweight and super middleweight. The knockout format of the competition will see the best boxers eventually compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, the greatest prize in boxing.
Millions of fans will be enjoying the action world of class boxing within 9 months’ time frame. An expert panel invited the world’s best boxers to compete, namely the top 15-ranked fighters of the four major federations: WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.
The World Boxing Super Series will be of particular interest to the Swedish audience this season as the quarter-final line-ups include Swedish undefeated superstar Erik Skoglund who will start his battle for the Muhammad Ali Trophy against Callum Smith in the Super Middleweight division on Saturday 16 September in Liverpool. The fights will be shown on a combination of MTG’s Nordic TV channels and streaming service Viaplay.
Roger Lodewick, COMOSA’s Chief Commercial Officer: “MTG has been a visionary and long-term partner of many sports properties and we are privileged to have them as our partner in the Nordics. With MTG’s experience and unique position as a live sport broadcaster, the market is set to enlarge the interest in boxing and to establish the World Boxing Super Series as the premium boxing product in the market.”
Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport: “This tournament is what boxing fans everywhere have been dreaming about – an elimination format with the best fighting the best for a prize named after the greatest fighter of all time. Nine of the boxers taking part have never lost a fight, and the combined record for all 16 participants is an astonishing 423 wins and 294 KOs. Get ready to rumble as we bring fantastic live fight action to our platforms across the Nordic and Baltic regions – the recent Mayweather vs McGregor fight was MTG’s most successful ever, so we are even more excited about what’s to come.”
The World Boxing Super Series is a first of its kind annual boxing tournament, and will bring together the ‘best of the best’ fighters to compete at venues around the world for the Muhammad Ali trophy, The Greatest prize In Boxing. A total of 16 elite boxers from two weight classes (Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight) will battle it out on fourteen separate fight nights in a bracket-style elimination tournament – with the winner in each division crowned in May 2018.