NEW YORK (July 13, 2012) — A boxing first! EPIX (@EPIXsports), the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will stream Saturday’s WBA Intercontinental / WBC International heavyweight titles fight between one-time world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora and former two-division world champion David Haye live to U.S. fans on Facebook, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT, in addition to presenting it live on the network, streamed live on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on Xbox and other devices. U.S. boxing fans will be able to see the fight live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EpixHD and https://www.facebook.com/EPIXSports with an authenticated subscription or taking advantage of the free trial. The all-England grudge fight will take place at West Ham Football Club's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London.
“EPIX is excited to be the first to stream live boxing on Facebook and to continue to expand the platforms where U.S. fans can see their favorite entertainment,” said Travis Pomposello, EPIX CCO and executive producer of EPIX Sports.
As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on its jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)
Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), of London, (Official weight: 247 lbs) returns to the ring on the heels of his two most notable fights. Last December, in a fight that was televised live in the U.S. on EPIX, Chisora, an underdog fighting outside his native United Kingdom for the first time, out-boxed undefeated No. 1 heavyweight contender Robert Helenius over 12-rounds in his native Finland only to have the judges return a narrow split decision victory to Helenius to the outrage of fans and media alike. Based on that performance, Chisora, the former BBBoC British heavyweight champion and Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight champion earned a title shot with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on February 18, also televised live to the U.S. on EPIX. Though he lost a unanimous decision, it was the first time in nearly two years that Klitschko had been forced to go the distance. Chisora’s professional resume boasts consecutive knockout victories of Danny Williams and Sam Sexton, who had a combined record of 54-9 when he defeated them in 2010.
Haye (25-2, 23 KOs), of London, (Official Weight: 210 lbs) captured his first world title in 2007, knocking out defending WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck in the seventh round. He added the WBO crown to his war chest in his first defense, a second-round pasting of Enzo Maccarinelli the following year. He vacated the titles to move up to the heavyweight division and in only second fight as a heavyweight dethroned WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, via majority decision. He successfully defended the title twice, knocking out former two-time heavyweight champion John Ruiz and 2000 Olympic gold medalist and fellow countryman Audley Harrison in the ninth and third rounds, respectively, both in 2010.Haye lost the crown last July, losing a unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in a title unification fight. Haye’s fight against Chisora will be his first since that loss.