ESPN Africa has announced the return of Africa Boxing in 2022.
Showcasing a diverse range of the continent’s boxing talent to viewers across Africa, the boxing events will be taking place on the last Thursday of every month from January 2022. The fights will be broadcast live on ESPN Africa (DStv 218, Starsat 248), as well as several broadcast partners across the globe.
There will be five main fights per event and two undercard bouts on each bill, as well as one all-female bout per event in order to help grow the sport and provide aspiring young female boxers with a platform.
Twelve events are planned to take place in South Africa in 2022.
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Fans can also look forward to a blow-by-blow account of all the action behind the scenes and from inside the ring on the ESPN Africa social media feeds, with build-up starting early in the new year. Additional in-depth analysis, behind-the-scenes insights and running commentary is expected to be featured on ESPN Africa’s sports talk shows, such as Sports Center.
“ESPN is known for bringing the most exciting sporting moments to sports fans across the continent and the return of Africa Boxing takes that further,” says Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports Commercial and Business, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “Knowing Africa’s rich history of developing boxing champions, ESPN will showcase some of our continent’s best talent to a global audience, which will hopefully give them a platform to progress and challenge for world titles in the near future.”
The first event of the ESPN Africa Boxing series will take place in Johannesburg on Thursday 27 January 2022 at 19h00, with one event per month to follow thereafter.