- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Since the fight was made it was unclear where American fans could watch the very interesting all-British heavyweight showdown between rising heavyweight contender Tyson Fury and former titleholder David Haye, which takes place on Sept. 28 in Manchester, England.
Worry no more.
HBO has made a deal for the American rights and will broadcast the scheduled 12-round fight between Fury and Haye, who have talked smack throughout the promotion, as part of an unprecedented tripleheader from three countries.
“Haye versus Fury is going to be entertaining,” said HBO Sports president Ken Hershman, who decided to go after the fight even though he already had two other bouts scheduled from two other locations. “It features two heavyweights who as much as they want to win also don't want to lose to this fighter in particular.”
The network has televised plenty of split-site doubleheaders in its 40 years of boxing coverage, but this will be the first time it has had three fights from three locations.
"HBO subscribers love big events and that is what we plan on delivering on Sept. 28. Three exciting bouts from three different countries,” Hershman said.
I agree with him. After opening with Haye-Fury on a few hours’ delay (no decision has been made yet whether HBO will also air it live in the afternoon), the telecast will shift to Montreal for light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s first defense against former titlist Tavoris Cloud followed by former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s return to the ring after a year off to face Brian Vera in a super middleweight fight from Carson, Calif.
When Fury-Haye was announced, I thought the card might end up headlining an independent afternoon pay-per-view. Fury promoter Mick Hennessy was in talks trying to make a deal and it made sense, because I didn’t think HBO would have room to accommodate a third fight coming from Europe.
I’m glad I was wrong. As Hershman said, and I couldn’t agree more: “Great value night for boxing fans.”
All three of these fights have a chance to be highly entertaining and I’m glad to see Hershman go all in on a tripleheader that, while it could be logistically complicated, has a real chance to deliver in triplicate.