Friday, February 22, 2013
Epix plans quadrupleheader
By Dan Rafael
Junior welterweight titlist Ricky Burns, right, headlines a March 16 card on against Miguel Vazquez.
Promoter Frank Warren's big "Rule Britannia" card on March 16 at Wembley Arena in London -- headlined by the Ricky Burns-Miguel Vazquez lightweight title unification fight (which ideally will produce a future opponent for Adrien Broner) -- will be on American television, along with three other notable undercard bouts.
Epix, kicking off its 2013 boxing coverage, announced Friday that in addition to televising Scotland's Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) against Mexico's Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs), it will also have live coverage of light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KOs) of Wales defending against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KOs) of Germany; super middleweight George Groves (16-0, 12 KOs) of England facing Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KOs), a native of Senegal living in Italy, for the vacant European title; and former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs) of England against an opponent to be determined.
The card will also be streamed live at EpixHD.com (4:30 p.m. ET). In the interest of full disclosure, in addition to my work at ESPN, I also serve as a commentator on the broadcast. One thing different about this broadcast than all but one other Epix telecast is that the crew will be at ringside to call the fights rather than doing it from a New York studio. It will be Epix's second show from ringside. The first was last May's Carl Froch-Lucian Bute super middleweight title fight.