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EPIX to televise Froch vs. Bute in the U.S. - 03/04/2012

IBF World title clash also streamed on EpixHD.com and shown in Times Square, NYC

Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight challenge to Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday May 26 will be televised live by EPIX in the U.S.

The two-time WBC champ tackles the unbeaten IBF king in his first hometown fight since beating Andre Dirrell in his opening fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in October 2009.

Alongside the exclusive televised coverage, EPIX will also stream the fight live on EpixHD.com as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans, and as has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on the jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th).

“EPIX is very pleased with the fan reaction and audience growth of its series of exclusive live U.S. telecasts of world championship fights. The fireworks Bute vs. Froch will produce is the perfect follow up to our unprecedented heavyweight championship trilogy which featured Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin defending their world titles over three consecutive weeks,” said Travis Pomposello, EPIX CCO and executive producer of EPIX Sports.

“I am very pleased that boxing fans in the United States won’t miss this war between Carl Froch and me. I want to thank the EPIX network for broadcasting this fight. I am training very seriously to face Carl Froch and I look forward to defending my title for the 10th time. May 26 is going to be a great night of boxing.” said Bute.

“I’m thrilled that EPIX has taken on my fight with Lucian. I have a lot of fans across the pond and it is important that they get to see this fight live. It’s going to be a great atmosphere in my hometown on the night because it’s been so long since I’ve boxed there and I think people will be impressed at the noise and passion my fans show when they turn out in force – along with the class inside the ring on the night, it’s going to be a must see event,” said Froch.

“The enthusiasm and momentum building for this event is huge. We are very happy and proud that EPIX will present one of the best fights of 2012 in the world, live to boxing fans across United States. It was important for InterBox that Lucian get as much exposure throughout the World as possible,” said Jean Bedard, president on InterBox.

“We’re delighted to be teaming up with EPIX on this fight. It’s a massive night in World Championship boxing and I am sure that EPIX will do a great job presenting what is arguably the fight of the year,” said Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport.

Tickets for Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge to Bute are on sale now priced £80 and £150 on on 08444 124624 and also from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website - www.capitalfmarena.com.

£40, £60, £100 and £200 tickets have sold-out, as have the VIP packages priced at £300.