Boxing fans on both sides of the Atlantic have been left scratching their heads on Saturday after flicking through the TV listings to see the massive World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight kick-off has been ignored by live televsion.
However, it is the cruiserweights who get us underway on Saturday night as WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk takes on the long-reigning former champion Marco Huck in Berlin.
Despite ITV picking up the rights to show the WBSS in the UK, the Aleksandr Usyk v Marco Huck world title bout is only being shown on delayed taping on Sunday morning.
ITV Box Office will broadcast the clash at 11am the day after the contest takes place, something which has irked a large portion of fight fans.
It’s even worse for viewers in the United States as there’s no coverage whatsoever as networks have failed to take up an offer to screen both tournaments.
The 200 pound competition, which will see the winner walk away with four world titles, begins tonight – whilst the super-middleweight version starts next week when Callum Smith faces Erik Skoglund, an encounter ITV4 will be showing as it happens.
A wave of announcements by the WBSS came this week as the likes of Canada, Germany, Sweden and the Baltics snapped up the TV rights to what is one of the biggest events in boxing.
So why haven’t the likes of Sky Sports, BoxNation, Showtime or HBO taken up the option, only they know but it’s the fans who will suffer once the action gets underway in a few hours time.
Full WBSS schedule
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
21/10/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant