When you think of a big fight, one of the first questions is where can I watch it? What network? Is it pay-per-view?
Rarely do you hear anyone these days ask, where can I hear it? What radio station is it on?
In an era long gone, radio was the way people used to follow major fights. Ask the old-timers about sitting around the family radio and listening to Joe Louis’ heavyweight championship fights.
Radio coverage of boxing in the United States is long dead and buried. In Great Britain, there is occasional radio coverage, but it’s rare. But it will be back for the July 26 heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.
The title eliminator at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, will be broadcast live on talkSPORT, one of the major sports stations in the world.
The station said it is looking to build boxing momentum after Saturday’s super middleweight rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves drew a British-record boxing crowd of 80,000 to Wembley Stadium in London.
“The sport is a huge draw for our listeners, and the clash between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury is one of the most hotly anticipated of the year,” talkSPORT program director Liam Fisher said in making the announcement Tuesday. “After broadcasting every match of the World Cup live, this will be a fantastic exclusive broadcast on talkSPORT.”
In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a regular guest on various talkSPORT shows to discuss boxing.