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Updated: Friday 23 September 2011

Frank Warren launches Boxing Channel

Boxing promoter Frank Warren and Boxing Channel Media have announced the launch of BoxNation – a new, groundbreaking and innovative sports TV channel.

The channel, currently available on Sky channel 456, will showcase its first Live fight on Friday 30th September between Liam Walsh and Paul Appleby from York Hall in London’s east end.

The schedule will mostly feature two LIVE championship promotions from the UK and around the world each week. Live boxing will also include major amateur tournaments starting with the mouth watering World Amateur Championships from Azerbaijan and then the Royal Albert Hall Cup from London.

Steve Bunce’s ever popular, always controversial Buncey’s Boxing Hour will be revived and often presented from the world famous Planet Hollywood restaurant in central London.

There will be daily fight news updates and an extensive archive bringing back classic fights from home and abroad and featuring some of the world’s greatest ever boxers including Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and many more. In addition there will be extensive programming from the world of Mixed Martial Arts combat sports to make BoxNation the place to be for true fighting action.

Frank Warren said: “This is what all boxing fans have been waiting for – a dedicated channel, 100% percent committed to showing the best fights from around the world. It’s a big challenge in my career, but I’m really excited by BoxNation and it takes me back to my early years when I was at ITV doing a show a week.”

The channel will initially be free-to-air, but will become a subscription channel before the end of the year and will be available at just £10 per month.

Richard Brooke, Chairman of BoxNation, said, “I am delighted to be involved in the launch of Britain’s first ever dedicated boxing channel. BoxNation will provide coverage of all levels of boxing to a large and committed audience of fight fans. The key to the success of BoxNation will be its relationships with rights holders and so I am pleased to announce that BoxNation has agreed a long term, multi-fight content deal with Frank Warren, Britain’s best and most successful boxing promoter.”