The EPIX-televised heavyweight bout between former WBA beltholder David Haye and English countryman Dereck Chisora will be streamed live to United States fans on Facebook from the West Ham Football Club’s Boleyn Ground in London beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT and 4:30 ET on Saturday, the network announced on Friday.
The matchup between Haye (25-2, 23 knockouts) and Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) can be viewed on Facebook at at https://www.facebook.com/EpixHD and https://www.facebook.com/EPIXSports with a subscription or by free trial.
“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,” Travis Pomposello, executive producer of EPIX Sports.
Haye, 31, is returning to the ring for the first time since being dethroned as WBA titleholder by RING champion and IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in July of last year, and has an ongoing trash-talk rivalry with Chisora that stems from an out-of-the ring brawl following the latter’s loss to Vitali Klitschko in February.
As a result, neither Haye, who is at his lightest weight as a heavyweight, nor Chisora has been licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control, although the Luxembourg Boxing Federation has sanctioned their bout.
The loss to Wladimir Klitschko ended Haye’s winning streak of 15 straight fights, 13 of them by stoppage. Haye was also stopped in his only other loss, a fifth-round knockout in September of 2004 against journeyman Carl Thompson, who himself had been knocked out in five of his six losses.
The other two losses for Chisora, 28, were against unbeaten fighters Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius by decisions in July and December of last year, respectively.
AMIR KHAN, DANNY GARCIA PURSES ANNOUNCED
WBC beltholder Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) will get $520,000 compared to $950,000 for WBA titleholder Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) for Saturday night’s HBO-televised junior welterweight unification bout at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.
Peterson dethroned Khan as IBF and WBA beltholder via split-decision in December, but his positive test forced the cancelation of their rematch that was slated for May 19.
But on Wednesday, the WBA declared that it has reinstated Khan, 25, as its titleholder against Garcia, who is 24. That WBA ruling comes a month after the organization had stripped Peterson of of the 140-pound title.
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