FOX Sports Inks Three-Fight Boxing Deal With Roc Nation Sports
Roc Nation Sports and FOX Sports have reached an agreement on a three-event boxing package, the first ever presented by the promoter, under the throne boxing banner. The first event is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2015 and airs on FOX Sports 1, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (10:00 PM ET/7:00PM PT).
In the 10-round main event, undefeated Washington, DC native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison battles Tommy Rainone of Plainview, New York in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship.
In addition to the great action inside the ring, the January 9 edition of throne boxing features several notable Roc Nation touches that offer an unique fan experience, including live performances by key Roc Nation artists.
“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal,” says Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch. “The January 9th event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden will be an event unlike anything boxing fans have experienced in the past whether they’re at The Garden or watching at home on FOX Sports 1. An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off throne boxing, a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape.”
“FOX Sports is thrilled to be in business with Roc Nation Sports, an innovative, entrepreneurial group,” says Patrick Crakes, SVP, Programming Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports.. “Providing this type of sports and entertainment programming to our viewers is a terrific opportunity for FOX Sports 1.”
Tickets priced at $205, $105, $55 and $30 plus any Ticketmaster charges go on sale Tuesday, December 9 at 1:00 PM ET and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center.
“Madison Square Garden is looking forward to teaming up with Roc Nation for their first-ever boxing event on January 9th,” said Joel Fisher, EVP, MSG Sports. “The Theater at Madison Square Garden provides a great setting for fans to watch boxing and entertainment all under one roof.”
The next two throne boxing events air live on FOX Sports 1 from venues to be announced shortly.
Hailing from Washington, DC, Dusty “The Beltway Boricua” Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KO’s) is the current WBC Youth Welterweight World Champion and one of boxing’s brightest young stars.
Since turning professional in 2006, Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KO’s) has become one of Long Island’s favorite fighting sons. On November 13, Rainone scored a unanimous decision victory over Carl McNickles at The Space at Westbury on Long Island, extending his current unbeaten streak to six fights while giving him a record of 9-1-1 over his last 11 fights.