AT&T has acquired rights in the US to the remaining quarter-finals of the inaugural edition of the World Boxing Super Series.
The telecommunications company will show the action on its Audience Network, which is not widely available on cable platforms but is accessible for DirecTV, DirecTV Now, U-verse and AT&T Unlimited Plus customers.
The featured fights that take place in the US will be shown live, while the bouts staged in Europe will air on a tape delay. The network’s coverage started on Saturday, with cruiserweight Mairis Briedis’ successful world title defence against Mike Perez. The semi-finals and final of the knockout tournament do not yet have an American broadcaster.
The series got underway on 9th September, and features 16 boxers competing across 14 fight nights, with the winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy set to be crowned in May 2018. The competition is being held at both the cruiserweight and super-middleweight categories, with the champions set to share a total prize fund of US$50 million.
Kalle Sauerland, chief boxing officer for Comosa, the company organising the tournament, said: “Given the level of the fights and the productions and events so far we are delighted to bring the Ali Trophy to the US fans on one of the largest possible platforms.”
“We're thrilled to be able to bring World Boxing Super Series quarter-final action to sports fans in the US,” added Richard Schaefer, founder of Ringstar Sports, one of the companies promoting the World Boxing Super Series. “Audience Network, Audience Network On Demand and DirecTV Now are great platforms for this exciting round of cruiserweight and super middleweight matchups as the fighters begin their quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”