Current world boxing supermiddleweight champion Carl Froch has criticised UK broadcasters for failing to buy the rights to his first title defence.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, Froch called it “a disgrace” that no major UK broadcaster has snapped up the live rights to his fight against American fighter Jermain Taylor next month.
“For Britain’s only world champion to defend against a big name in America and it not be screened on British TV is unheard of and ridiculous,” he said. “It is disgraceful if people in Britain don’t get to see the fight. There are plenty of boxing fans who want to see the fight. I’m not fighting a bum, or an ordinary top 10 fighter. This is a marquee level fight.”
“It must be the credit crunch. We all know what is happening with ITV. They are in trouble because people aren’t advertising. It is the current economic crisis. Setanta Sports say they are the home of boxing, well I’m the only British world champion in boxing.”
US television network Showtime will broadcast the fight in America. Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy added he is optimistic that the fight will be aired in the UK, saying “talks are still ongoing with all the major broadcasters”.
Over 5 million viewers watched Froch take the then vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) title against Canadian Jean Pascal live on UK commercial broadcaster ITV on 6 December last year.