Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Top Rank and Fox Sports en Español Knock Out Competition with New Boxing Series

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (January 12, 2010) – Fox Sports en Español and Top Rank announced the launch of an exciting new boxing series – “Top Rank Live.” The heavy-hitting two-hour broadcast will air live on Fox Sports en Español on Saturdays, three times per month, beginning at 10 p.m. EST. Adding to the excitement and authenticity of this new series, at least one show per month will originate directly from Mexico. The series will debut on Saturday, January 16, 2010, live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with the 10 Round Welterweight Title fight between Vanes Martirosyan and Kassim Ouma.


“Top Rank is thrilled to bring world-class boxing on a regular basis to cable and satellite TV viewers across the country,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. “We have found wonderful partners in the Fox Network Family. This new series will not only offer all-action cards but will allow fans to follow these fighters as they return from victories marching up the ratings toward world title shots. It’s a project Top Rank has been developing for years and Fox Sports Español is the perfect vehicle.”


Former world champions, world-class contenders, and up-and-coming prospects are scheduled to appear in future shows.


“In keeping with a longstanding tradition of bringing our loyal viewers the most in-demand programming, we’re delighted to confirm this deal with Top Rank and provide exciting matches from some of the country’s most respected fighters,” said Joshua Glassel, Programming Director for Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.


Under this new partnership, Top Rank fights will also be distributed on FOX Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates beginning with the first event on January 16, 2010. FSN will continue to distribute Top Rank events once a month thereafter through 2011.


Tentative First Quarter 2010 Schedule
1. January 16th, LIVE from the Hard Rock Las Vegas
10 Rounds – NABF NABO Welterweight Title
Vanes Martirosyan vs. Kassim Ouma
2. January 30, 2010
3. February 6, 2010
4. February 20, 2010
5. February 27, 2010
6. March 6, 2010
7. March 20, 2010
8. March 27, 2010


About Fox Sports en Español
Reaching more than 14 million cable and satellite households in the country, of which over 5 million are U.S. Hispanic Households, Fox Sports en Español is the leader in Spanish-language sports media. We feature premier soccer programming with exclusive coverage of the top leagues and tournaments in Latin America and Europe; coverage of the Major League Baseball regular season, All-Star Game, American League Championship Series and World Series; championship boxing and UFC® and mixed-martial arts across four compelling media platforms. With more than 1,600 hours of live and exclusive programming, a robust web site brimming with streaming video and portable content from FSE Móvil, we are and will continue to be the first name in the U.S. Hispanic sports space.


Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by HM Capital Partners, LLC and News Corporation’s (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at foxsportsla.msn.com.


About Top Rank
Las Vegas-based Top Rank is the country’s premiere boxing promotions company. Founded by CEO and International Boxing Hall of Fame member Bob Arum nearly half a century ago, Top Rank has nurtured some of the sport’s all-time greats, from Muhmmad Ali to Oscar De La Hoya, and produced some of boxing’s most exciting events.. Currently, Top Rank’s stable of champion fighters includes Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkis Gamboa,and Miguel Cotto.


About FOX Sports Net (FSN)
FSN is the nation's leading provider of local sports. FSN's 16 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 82 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN also produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1,600 in high definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball and Pac-10 and Big 12 football.

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