World Boxing Super Series 2 Lack of UK TV is Not Acceptable
By Dean Wigzell
With fireworks displays scheduled across the country this weekend, the fighting city of Glasgow has its own explosive show lined up. The World Boxing Super Series is in town and two of Britain’s most exciting young fighters are co-featuring on the card.
Belfast bantamweight Ryan Burnett (19-0) defends his WBA Super Champion status against former multiple time multiple weight world champion Nonito Donaire (43-5) in a bout which will also see the WBC Diamond belt up for grabs.
In the light-welterweight division Scotland’s leading light Josh Taylor (13-0) takes on talented American Ryan Martin (22-0) for the WBC Silver title.
However, the second season of WBSS still doesn’t have a British Broadcaster in place and British fans will have to make do with internet streams instead.
Both Taylor and Burnett have benefited from solid British TV exposure from Channel 5 and Sky Sports respectively and the lack of home soil coverage of what are arguably their biggest fights to date will surely disappoint them as much as it has fight fans across the country.
Last year ITV broadcast the tournament across both their ITV Sport and new ITV Box Office platforms, and whilst their coverage was heavily criticised by many it at least provided British fans with coverage of a ground-breaking tournament.
Whether or not the criticism aimed at ITV has had a contributing factor in the lack of deal remains to be seen but you would have thought that the UK audience would’ve been a priority for the WBSS.
Particularly after last season’s super-middleweight final threw up a mouth-watering all British clash between London’s George Groves and Liverpool’s Callum Smith only for it to be staged in far-flung Jeddah, a city which had never staged a major boxing event.
I don’t know exactly what has led to this apparent delay in confirming whether or not the tournament will hit British boxers at any point but I can’t help but feel that the WBSS are risking losing the interest of the British public after yet another disappointment.