TURNER TO PICK UP TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
by Pedro FernandezAs stunning as it was when USA Cable confirmed in USA Today an "exclusive" report published at fighters.com that they were indeed dropping their successful Tuesday Night Fight series, we now have earth shaking news to report.
Turner Broadcasting (Ted Turner) in a move soon to be announced, has layed out a plan that will insure there will be at least one weekly two hour boxing show on cable TV. USA Cable had decided recently to axe their successful series after 17 years because they wanted to take their programing in a different direction.
The most likely night for the broadcast will be the same as USA in Tuesday.
But the specific day is not yet set in stone. And what hasn't been determined is if it will be T.B.S. (SUPERSTATION TBS) airing the fistic frenzy, or it's sister in cable T.N.T.
T.N.T. doesn't reach as many homes as T.B.S. or USA, but that hasn't stopped them from airing the most popular wrestling show in the world in "WCW Monday Night Nitro."
When you think about it, this is a natural move for Turner and company. They will use this series as an outlet in exposing fighters for future appearances on the mother of premium channels Home Box Office, of which Uncle Ted has a vested interest in.
Unconfirmed reports have Angel Manfreddy, the colorful young man from Gary, Indiana, who took apart HBO poster boy Arturo Gatti earlier this year, as being the headliner in the inaugural show.
I have received 100's of e mails from readers at fighters.com as well as Ring Talk listeners regarding USA's decision to drop their boxing coverage. And each time, I assured you that another network would come along and fill the void.
A few things should be clear by now.
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In closing, today is a day where fistic fans and Ring Talk family members all across the world can rejoice. And while you're smiling, remember to thank Uncle Ted!
If you failed to catch Ring Talk this past Saturday night, you didn't get a chance to talk to world lightweight champ Shane Mosley who fights John-John Molina tomorrow (Saturday) night on HBO's Boxing After Dark series. And you also missed the opportunity to hang out with undefeated "rage" Fernando Vargas. Dan Goossen, the COO of the Denver based promotional group AMERICA PRESENTS also appeared on Saturday's show.
On Sunday's one hour show on TALK 2, Larry Merchant of HBO fame discussed the Mosely-Molina matchup coming up this Saturday on Home Box Office. In between guests, it's the week in review, odds, commentary, and some hard punching editorials.
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