Sheffield boxing promoter launches new channel promising weekly prime-time fights

A boxing promoter from Sheffield has launched a new prime-time subscription channel which will broadcast fights among the sport’s rising stars weekly.

Dennis Hobson, who promotes shows under his Fight Academy banner, has set up Fightzone TV which will televise 50 events per year, including 200 live fights, at a cost of £4.99 a month.

Fightzone TV will broadcast on Friday evenings, with many events taking place in Sheffield

Hobson said: “It’s a new platform which is our version of the American platform DAZN.

"We are giving everyone a TV platform with us from day one instead of waiting for them to get to a certain level. It’s giving people an opportunity.”

The first Fightzone TV broadcast will be an outdoor boxing show in the Sheffield Arena car park on Friday, 21 May.

The city’s own IBO continental welterweight champion Anthony Tomlinson, who has won all 12 of his professional fights to date – including seven knockouts – headlines the show against Wigan’s James Moorcroft.

Another Sheffield fighter, Kane Salvin, will feature on the undercard in an eliminator for the English Super Featherweight belt.

The first Fightzone TV broadcast will take place on Friday, 21 May.

There is also the potential for popular British heavyweight Dave Allen, from Doncaster, to feature on Fightzone TV after he announced he was working with Hobson as part of a comeback.

The 28-year-old has not fought since a comfortable win against Dorian Darch in February 2020 following defeat to David Price.

Jim McMunn, general manager of Fightzone TV, said: “We believe Fightzone TV will become the people’s champion of boxing, delivering first class events, showcasing new talent and delivering an affordable place to watch the sport that fight fans love.”