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Promoters join NBC Sports Network for Fight Night series
Main Events, Russell Peltz to work with NBC Sports Network's Fight Night series.
NBC Sports Group formally announced on Tuesday the formation of NBC Sports Network Fight Night, a boxing series featuring premier boxing talent.
NBC Sports Group will work with Main Events and Hall of Fame matchmaker J. Russell Peltz on a multi-promoter strategy for NBC Sports Network Fight Night designed to produce the best quality fights.
Main Events President Kathy Duva said that she will work with other promoters to televise the bouts during prime time, in conjuction with NBC, in fights that will be on Versus as well as NBC on weekends.
"We are reaching out to all promoters to get involved in the series, and our priority is simply to make exciting fights. We don't care who brings the fighters," said Duva.
"We expect that multiple promoters will be involved in each of the Fight Night programs. All fighters who are willing to further their careers by engaging in compelling, interesting, meaningful matches are welcome."
Under Duva, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight beltholder Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) won 13 staight fights, including six of them in a row as a heavyweight before being stopped in the 10th round by Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) in September.
Also, Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) earned the IBF junior welterweight belt by seventh-round knockout over Kaizer Mabuza in March before being dethroned by fifth-round stoppage by Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) in July.
"Fights in this series will be solid, competitive and exciting," said Peltz, who promotes unbeaten RING No. 8-rated Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 19 KOs).
"Borrowing the philosophy of the late Madison Square Garden matchmaker Teddy Brenner, my bouts will be made on the following criteria: Do the fighters' styles mesh to make an exciting fight? Does this fight lead to something? And would I buy a ticket to it? These should be good fights for boxing fans."
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