Month: February 2020

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FOX Sports and ESPN Offer Extensive Wilder vs. Fury Fight Week Programming

Quartet of World Champions Anchor FOX Sports and ESPN Wilder vs. Fury II Pay-Per-View Broadcast
Wilder vs. Fury II on FOX Sports PPV and ESPN+ PPV, a Historic Joint Presentation, Starting Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:00 PM ET

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LAS VEGAS – Today, FOX Sports and ESPN announced an extensive Wilder vs. Fury II fight week and fight night programming lineup in advance of the highly anticipated rematch between undefeated heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and unbeaten lineal champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury taking place on Saturday, Feb. 22, in a historic, joint presentation by FOX Sports PPV and ESPN+ PPV live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Wilder vs. Fury II PPV begins at 9:00 PM ET and features former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin squaring off against former title challenger Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington in a 12-round IBF Heavyweight Title eliminator as the co-main event. WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, a.k.a “The Mexican Iron Man” will defend his title against Filipino contender Jeo Santisima in the PPV featured bout. Plus in the PPV opener, super welterweight sensation Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora will face 2016 Australian Olympian Daniel Lewis in a 10-round battle of unbeatens.

Prelims will begin at 7:30 PM ET on FS1, ESPNEWS and in Spanish on FOX Deportes and ESPN3, featuring two explosive bouts. ESPNEWS’ coverage will switch to ESPN at 8:00 PM ET.

Fight week and fight night programming will feature a quartet of former champions and current FOX Sports and ESPN analysts, including three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, former two-division world champion and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, two-time welterweight world champion Shawn Porter and future Hall of Famer Timothy Bradley. Lewis and Ward will join ESPN veteran broadcaster Joe Tessitore for ringside commentary. Bradley and Porter will join ESPN’s Max Kellerman and FOX Sports’ Brian Kenny (host) live on the desk. ESPN’s boxing insiders Mark Kriegel and Bernardo Osuna will serve as reporters alongside FOX Sports’ Kate Abdo. Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Hazzard Sr. will serve as the unofficial scorer and rules expert, while Jimmy Lennon, Jr. will serve as ring announcer. Spanish-language coverage from site includes play-by-play from ESPN Deportes’ Jorge Eduardo Sánchez and FOX Deportes’ Adrián García Márquez, alongside former champions Juan Manuel Márquez (ESPN Deportes) and Hall of Famer Erik “Terrible” Morales (FOX Deportes) on the analysis. ESPN Deportes’ David Faitelson and FOX Deportes’ Jaime Motta will provide commentary.

FOX Sports and ESPN’s presentation of Wilder vs. Fury II will feature unique production upgrades to bring fans closer to the ring and deliver views that enhance their experience. The production will include 35 cameras — unprecedented for an ESPN boxing production — seven super-slow-motion and six robotic cameras, a 4D camera system that allows 360 degree replays, a mini FlyCam, a JITA camera for unique shots, as well as bumper corner cameras.

Covering the historic heavyweight battle, FOX Sports and ESPN will be producing an unprecedented amount of content from numerous locations in Las Vegas starting Tuesday, Feb. 18. Lead up coverage includes:

• SportsCenter on the Road (Tuesday-Sunday, from MGM Grand set near KÀ Theater): Toni Collins, Mark Kriegel, Bernardo Osuna, Joe Tessitore and Stan Verrett rotate to host segments for ESPN’s flagship news and information program.
• Max on Boxing (Tuesday & Thursday from MGM Grand set near KÀ Theater; Wednesday & Friday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena): ESPN’s boxing series hosted by Max Kellerman airing on ESPN2 at 5:00 PM ET, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 5:30 PM ET on Wednesday. Shows on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday will each be one hour, while Wednesday will be 30-minutes following the live final press conference.
• Speak For Yourself (Wednesday-Friday at 3:00 PM ET on FS1): Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley co-host the 90-minute discussion and opinion-based program live on-set at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino set near the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book.
• First Take (Thursday-Friday at 10:00 AM ET on ESPN): ESPN’s morning debate show hosted by Molly Qerim with commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will have Smith, Kellerman and Qerim live on-set at the MGM Grand set near KÀ Theater.
• Wilder vs. Fury II Final Press Conference (Wednesday at 4:30 PM ET on FS1 and ESPN2): Watch Joe Tessitore, Brian Kenny and Shawn Porter preview Saturday’s showdown, while Kate Abdo hosts the fighters in their final press conference from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Spanish-language coverage on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes.
• Wilder vs. Fury II Official Weigh-In: (Friday at 6:00 PM ET on FS1 and ESPN2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena): Joe Tessitore, Brian Kenny and Shawn Porter discuss the heavyweight title fight, while Kate Abdo reports. Spanish-language coverage on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes.
• Wilder vs. Fury II Pre-Show on ABC: Will feature Joe Tessitore from the desk, with ringside analysis from Tim Bradley, Max Kellerman, Mark Kriegel, and Andre Ward, and reports from Bernardo Osuna.

Wilder vs. Fury II Original Content
• ESPN’s Ring Science hosted by Andre Ward, exclusively on ESPN+.
• Countdown: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II, one-hour special goes behind the scenes and inside the lives of both fighters as they prepare for their long-awaited rematch. Re-airs during fight week across ESPN and FOX Sports platforms.
• Inside Wilder vs. Fury II, an in-depth four part series which looks into the fighter’s preparation leading up to fight night. Re-airs across ESPN and FOX Sports platforms throughout fight week.
• Wilder vs. Fury II: The Roundtable premieres on ESPN Friday, Feb. 14.
• E60: (Sun at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN): Tyson Fury is a 31-year-old Englishman and unbeaten lineal champion. In 2017, he was on the brink of total self-destruction, and battled depression and anxiety. On February 22, Fury enters the ring to settle old scores when he takes on current WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Before he does, Fury sits down with E:60 reporter Jeremy Schaap to discuss his demons, the road to recovery and his comeback.
• Andre Ward’s Unguarded with Tyson Fury, available now exclusively on ESPN+.

FOXSports.com
• From FOXSports.com: Martin Rogers on how the epic Wilder vs. Fury rematch will shape the boxing landscape and their legacies.
• ‘One More Round’ with Wilder and Fury – both fighters break down the pivotal rounds from their first bout
• The best of “Inside PBC Boxing” including both fighters’ Keys to Victory as broken down by Shawn Porter and Abner Mares
• A host of original content on @PBConFOX’s social channels, including Wilder and Fury’s Top 3 Knockouts and their Boxing Mount Rushmores

ESPN.com
• From ESPN.Com: The Tyson Fury rollercoaster – a look at the highs and lows of a wild career
• Mark Kriegel on how Tyson Fury’s decision to change trainers changed everything about this fight
• The stories about Deontay Wilder you need to know, as told by those who know him best
• Mark Kriegel on how Deontay Wilder became the unlikeliest American boxing icon
• Breaking down “The punch”: An oral history of the 12th round in the first Wilder-Fury fight
• How does each fighter get the job done? Tim Bradley offers up the gameplan for both fighters (E+)
• Social: @ESPNRingside Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

FOX Sports and ESPN Fight Night Schedule for Saturday, Feb 22:

Sat., 2/22

 

Time ET Show Network
11:00 AM *A Los Golpes ESPN Deportes
1:00 PM Wilder vs. Fury II Pre-Show (Live) ABC
5:00 PM Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II (Early Undercards)

 

FOX Sports App, ESPN App unauthenticated (English & Spanish),
6:00 PM Wilder vs. Fury II Pre Show (ABC Re-air)

 

ESPNEWS
7:00 PM Wilder vs. Fury II Live Pre-Show

 

FS1, ESPNEWS; Spanish: ESPN3, FOX Deportes
7:30 PM Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II (Undercards)

 

FS1, ESPNEWS

Spanish: ESPN3, FOX Deportes

8:00 PM Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II (Undercards)

 

FS1, ESPN

Spanish: ESPN3, FOX Deportes

9:00 PM Wilder vs. Fury II PPV Available on PPV via major cable and satellite providers, FOX Sports app and ESPN+
Conclusion of PPV Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II Post Show (Live)

 

FS1, ESPN2
Conclusion of PPV In Spanish – Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II Post Show (Live)

 

ESPN Deportes, FOX Deportes

*slight delay

Main Card, Undercards and Early Undercards (All times ET)

9:00 PM Main Deontay Wilder (C) vs. Tyson Fury (Lineal)
Co-Feature Charles Martin vs. Gerald Washington
Special Feature Emanuel Navarrete (C) vs. Jeo Santisima
Opener Sebastian Fundora vs. Daniel Lewis
8:00 PM Feature Amir Imam vs. Javier Molina
7:30 PM Feature Subriel Matias vs. Petros Ananyan
5:00 PM Feature Rolando Romero vs. Arturs Ahmetovs
Undercard Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Matt Conway
Undercard Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs. Cory Champion
Undercard Isaac Lowe vs. Alberto Guevara
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World Champion David Benavidez Joins Kate Abdo as Analyst for Friday’s FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz Coverage

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT Features Exciting IBF Super Middleweight Title Fight between Champion Caleb Plant and Vincent Feigenbutz
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, Legendary Trainer Joe Goossen and Brian Kenny Call Fights Saturday on FOX

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces WBC Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez serves as an analyst with host Kate Abdo for the FOX PBC WEIGH-IN on FS2 Friday, Feb. 14 (1:30 PM ET).

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 28: David Benavidez on the Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View fight night on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox Sports/PictureGroup)

On Saturday, Feb. 15, FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT (8:00 PM ET) features undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant making his homecoming title defense against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz in the FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT main event and on FOX Deportes.

Benavidez has served as a FOX Sports PBC desk analyst last year and is looking forward to the fights Saturday night. “I’m thrilled to work with FOX Sports for this show because I want to keep my eye on this fight,” he says. “The winner will have a belt I’m coming for in the future.”

INSIDE PBC BOXING follows Saturday’s fights on FOX at 11:00 PM ET/PT, featuring host Abdo and analysts Shawn Porter and Abner Mares as they preview the highly anticipated championship rematch between unbeaten heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated lineal champion Tyson Fury and interview both fighters.

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Below is programming information, the week’s on-air broadcaster roster and fight card lineup:

FOX PBC WEIGH-IN
• Network: FS2, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 14 (1:30 PM ET)
• Studio Announcers: Host Kate Abdo, analyst David Benavidez
• Weigh-in Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• Reporter: Heidi Androl

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: CALEB PLANT VS. VINCENT FEIGENBUTZ
• Network: FOX, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 15 (8:00 PM ET)
• Announcers: Brian Kenny, Lennox Lewis, Joe Goossen
• Reporter: Heidi Androl
• Unofficial Scorer: Marcos Villegas
• Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• FOX Deportes: Alejandro Luna and Jessi Losada
• Digital: FOX Sports App, FOX Now, FOXSports.com
• SiriusXM: FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83
• Social: @PBConFOX, #PBConFOX, #PlantFeigenbutz
• Bouts:
• Austin Dulay (13-1, 10 KOs) vs. Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KOs), 10 Rounds, Lightweight
• Bryant Perrella (17-2, 14 KOs) vs. Abel Ramos (25-3-2, 19 KOs), 10 Rounds, Welterweight
• Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) vs. Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs), 12 Rounds, IBF Super      Middleweight World Championship

INSIDE PBC BOXING
• Network: FOX
• Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 15 (11:00 PM ET/PT)
• Studio Announcers: Host Kate Abdo, analyst Shawn Porter and Abner Mares

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P!nk the Border Collie Wins Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

P!nk the Border Collie claimed the title of Grand Champion at the 2020 Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.

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Top Canine Athletes Return to FS1 for Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

FOX Sports presents coverage of the seventh annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8:00 PM ET on FS1. FOX Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the action alongside agility expert Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale from Pier 94 in New York City.

Before the world’s top canine athletes bring their tail-ents to New York City, two packs of powerful pooches met in the inaugural FOX Sports Pup Cup, a back-and-forth affair that accurately predicted the Chiefs stunning come-from-behind win in the big game days later.

Featuring commentary from Simons, FOX Sports’ Jenny Taft and rules analyst Mike Pereira, the inaugural FOX Sports Pup Cup can be viewed on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

The FOX Sports Pup Cup debuted Friday, Jan. 31, on digital and social platforms, featuring athletes like Patrick Ma-Bones and Jimmy Grrrrr-oppolo facing off on a specially designed agility course. Grrrrr-oppolo’s 49ers jumped out to an early 21-10 lead, but back-to-back touchdowns from Ma-Bones and Sammy Wag-Kins gave the Chiefs the 24-21 victory, handing coach Andy Breed his first career trophy.

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FOX Sports Kicks Off Inaugural XFL Football Season Saturday at 5:00 PM ET

Burkhardt, Huard, Klatt, Menefee, Olsen and Taft Highlight XFL Broadcast Coverage
Watch the XFL on FOX Promo Here

New York – This weekend, FOX Sports embarks on its inaugural season of XFL coverage with two must-see matchups.

Beginning with the Western Conference on Saturday, Feb. 8, the Los Angeles Wildcats and head coach Winston Moss head to Houston’s TDECU Stadium to face June Jones’ Roughnecks at 5:00 PM ET on FOX. Veteran broadcaster Curt Menefee teams up with the network’s lead college football analyst Joel Klatt to call the action. FOX college football analyst Brock Huard joins from the sideline.

An Eastern Conference matchup, featuring Mark Trestman’s Tampa Bay Vipers and Kevin Gilbride’s New York Guardians, follows from MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 PM ET. Seasoned play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt calls the action on the gridiron alongside former Carolina Panther Greg Olsen. The duo is joined by the network’s lead college football reporter Jenny Taft.

“We are thrilled to partner with the XFL and look forward to making history with our inaugural broadcast,” said Judy Boyd, Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. “Our best football minds and personalities are involved, and we cannot wait to see what this spring brings.”

Kevin Burkhardt serves as the network’s play-by-play announcer for the NFL on FOX alongside Charles Davis and Pam Oliver. In addition, Burkhardt hosts FOX Sports’ studio coverage of regular season/postseason baseball and college basketball. Burkhardt also calls select games for FOX Sports Sun, the television home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brock Huard joined FOX Sports in 2019 as a college football analyst. He partnered with play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and reporter Bruce Feldman as FOX College Football’s No. 2 team, calling games for the Pac 12, Big Ten and Big 12.

Joel Klatt sits alongside play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and reporter Jenny Taft to form the network’s lead college football broadcast team. Klatt also provides analysis leading up to and during the NFL Draft, in addition to contributing to FOX Sports’ USGA coverage.

Curt Menefee Curt Menefee, veteran studio and game broadcaster, hosts FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s No. 1 NFL pregame show for the last 26 years. Menefee began his career at FOX Sports in 1997 as a sideline reporter and later moved to the game booth to call play-by-play before joining FOX NFL SUNDAY in 2006.

Greg Olsen has called two games for FOX, marking the fourth time in the network’s history that an active NFL player stepped into the booth as a full-game analyst during the regular season, succeeding Matt Hasselbeck (2014) and Marcus Allen (1994). Olsen served as an NFL studio analyst for the network’s coverage of Super Bowl LIV.

Jenny Taft contributes in a variety of roles, including as the lead reporter for FOX Sports’ college football coverage, moderator on SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, host for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and reporter for several other major events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

*Additional broadcasters to be announced at a later date.

–FOX SPORTS—

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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Best of Show Judging at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Fox Sports/PictureGroup)

America’s Dog Show, 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Returns to FOX Sports

FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club Offer Full Multiplatform Coverage of Westminster Week

New York – With football’s big game come and gone, FOX Sports showcases the world’s top canine athletes from Saturday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 11, on FS1, FS2 and digital platforms. Several of the network’s most familiar voices make their way to New York City for the annual event, which begins with the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and culminates with the crowning of Best in Show.

Coming off his fifth Super Bowl and before heading to his 17th Daytona 500, veteran FOX Sports broadcaster Chris Myers and Gail Miller Bisher, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club, are joined by veteran judge Don Sturz in the broadcast booth. Primetime coverage of the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins Monday, Feb. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 with a 30-minute pre-event program before breed winners enter the ring at 7:30 PM ET.

FOX Sports’ Jenny Taft returns to host FS1’s primetime coverage, welcoming viewers to Madison Square Garden for the nation’s second-longest continuously held sporting event. Jamie Little is back at Westminster as a reporter on FS1’s primetime coverage before heading down to Florida to cover her sixth Daytona 500.

Westminster Week begins this weekend with the seventh annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, which is televised on FS1 at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, Feb. 9. FOX Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong makes his Westminster debut, joining analyst Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale to call the action from Pier 94 in New York City. Live streaming of the preliminary rounds is available on the FOX Sports app, the WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org.

Strong and Hale also contribute to coverage of daytime breed judging on Monday and Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 PM ET on FS2. They are joined by veteran judges Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna and Jason Hoke live from Pier 94. Daytime breed judging is streamed live on the FOX Sports app, the WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM ET on Sunday and from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM ET on Monday and Tuesday.

The full schedule of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show coverage on FS1, FS2 and FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club digital platforms can be found below and at WestminsterKennelClub.org. Programming televised on FS1 and FS2 can also be streamed on the FOX Sports app and on FOXSports.com.

2020 Westminster Week Programming Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday, Feb. 8 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Preliminaries FOX Sports app, WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org
Sunday, Feb. 9 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Select Breed Judging;

Masters Obedience Championship

FOX Sports app, WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org
8:00-10:00 PM Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Finals FS1
Monday, Feb. 10 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Select Breed Judging;

Junior Handler Preliminaries

FOX Sports app, WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org
1:00-3:00 PM Select Breed Judging FS2
7:00-7:30 PM 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Pre-Show FS1
7:30-11:00 PM 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show FS1
Tuesday, Feb. 11 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Select Breed Judging;

Junior Handler Preliminaries

FOX Sports app, WKC app and WestminsterKennelClub.org
1:00-3:00 PM Select Breed Judging FS2
7:00-7:30 PM 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Pre-Show FS1
7:30-11:00 PM 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show FS1