What is Fightzone? And How has it revolutionised Small-Hall Boxing in the UK?

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Published on 18 Jul 2022 7:48 am (UK Time)

What is Fightzone? Why was it established?

Fightzone TV was set up in May of 2021 by Sheffield-based Boxing Promoter Dennis Hobson. Hobson and partner Steve Crump formed Fight Academy, which is the major promoter under the Fightzone banner. Fightzone is similar to DAZN in its method to deliver live boxing through an app/OTT platform rather than traditional linear television.

Fightzone was set up after Hobson’s failed attempt of buying the Boxing TV channel ‘Box Nation’ which was successfully acquired by Premier Sports who own exclusive rights to La Liga Football in the UK. The Aim of the boxing channel according to Dennis Hobson is to “give everyone a TV platform with us (Fight Academy) from day one instead of waiting for them to get to a certain level. It’s giving people an opportunity.”

What is included in a Subscription?

Fightzone TV will televise 50 events per year, including 250+ live fights, at a cost of £4.99 a month or £55 for an annual subscription. This works out to approximately £1.10 a show for the annual subscription and 22p per fight. Fightzone gives fight fans the opportunity to watch small-hall boxing events that would otherwise not be televised and only be available to fans in attendance.

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As a result, it allows you to follow the journeys of 100’s of fighters from their professional debut and is truly life-changing for boxers who can’t land deals with major promoters and still have a chance to showcase their skills to fans across the country through the App. In addition to this, it will give promoters extra revenue, which will allow them to increase the quality of their shows and is beneficial for boxing all-round.

Upcoming Schedule which includes ‘World Title’ Fights

Summary of the Upcoming Schedule till the end of the year

Dennis Hobson last promoted a world title fight in 2014 when his charge Stuart Hall suffered a points defeat in Monaco. Since then he has been promoting smaller events, mainly in the Sheffield area and has been eyeing a way back onto the big stage. This channel has now given Hobson the platform to deliver big nights of British Boxing.

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He started his ascent from day one on Fightzone delivering 50/50 main event title fights, including his local Sheffield star Tommy Frank’s British Title affair and continues his ascent on November 5 when Scotland’s Hannah Rankin faces Maria Lindberg for the WBA Super Welterweight World Title at the Tottenham Hotspur FC Banqueting Hall in London.

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In addition to this, Hobson will deliver another world title contest to Fightzone viewers in November when his North East signing Jack Massey challenges two-time European title challenger Belgium’s Bilal Laggoune for the IBO World Cruiserweight Title.

This is by far the strongest card on Fightzone to date as Commonwealth Champion Nathaniel Collins defends his strap as well as an international 50/50 fight between super middleweights Mark Jeffers and Michel Garcia.

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The Future of Fightzone

A significant amount of Hobson’s shows typically take place in Sheffield, featuring his stacked local stable, including Heavyweights Kash Ali and Dave Allen, British Flyweight Champion Tommy Frank, English Super Middleweight Champion Charlie Schofield and many more.

Fightzone ends the 2021 calendar year in Sheffield on December 17 where we could see a stacked night of action, including the much-anticipated contest between Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf that pits Sheffield against Sheffield for the prestigious British Title.

Although Fightzone has changed the landscape and perception of small-hall boxing in the UK, it’s got a long way to go. A lot of its attributes are not friendly to Television subscribers such as the lack of a good undercard, shows having non-competitive headliners and the use of journeymen in the main fights.

Subscribe to Fightzone: https://www.fightzone.uk/signup


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