New logo introduced in 2014
|Launched||14 July 2011|
|Owned by||Boxing Channel Media|
576i (SDTV 16:9), |
|Slogan||The Channel Of Champions|
|Country||United Kingdom, Ireland|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom, Ireland|
|Virgin Media||Channel 546|
|TalkTalk Plus TV||Channel 415|
Channel 439 (HD)
|eir Vision||Channel 411|
|LiveSport.tv||BoxNation at LiveSport|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only)|
BoxNation is a 24-hour dedicated boxing subscription television channel, operated by Boxing Channel Media available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It currently costs £12 (€15) per box a month to access the channel for Sky subscribers. BoxNation is £11 per month for Virgin Media customers, £12 per month for TalkTalk, Freeview, EE, online, app (iOS, Android, Amazon).
BoxNation was launched as a free-to-air service on the Sky platform on channel 456, moving to 437 in July 2012, and later to 427 on 1 May 2018. The channel soft launched on 14 July 2011, airing two hours of classic fights per day from Frank Warren Promotions. The channel fully launched on 30 September 2011, broadcasting live fights, magazine programmes and footage of classic fights from boxing legends including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.
In 2012 BoxNation launched an iOS app for iPhone and iPad users as well as launching an online service via LiveSport.tv, In 2013 BoxNation made the app available to Android phone users. App users are charged £9.99 a month to view the full BoxNation coverage regardless if they are already subscribed via Sky or Virgin Media.
In January 2013, The Independent reported that BT was likely to acquire the channel and incorporate its content into their planned sports channels. Simon Green, the head of BT Sport, was a former Chief Executive at BoxNation and remains a non-executive director at the station.
In 2014 BoxNation made the partial switch to high definition exclusively on the Sky platform broadcasting from 3 February on channel 449. The channel moved to 490 on 12 March 2014. However, the HD channel is only on air for live fights and viewers need to use the standard channel to watch 'usual' programming.
In 2017, BT customers will have access to BoxNation as part of the BT Sport package.
Presenters and commentators
On 15 January 2016 two new hosts, well known English presenter and sports personality Charlie Webster and Olympic Boxing Bronze medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star Anthony Ogogo launched a new weekly programme called Charlie's Web, looking at the world of social media in boxing.
BoxNation features live cards with domestic and international fights, classic match footage, magazine shows and interviews with current and former fighters. The channel has already broadcast over 70 live world title fights featuring Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Vitali Klitschko, Nathan Cleverly, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Dereck Chisora, and Bernard Hopkins amongst many others
Steve Bunce also hosts the weekly show "Boxing Hour" every Monday night. Bunce had formerly hosted a show with the same name and format on Setanta Sports where it gained popularity and acclaim amongst boxing fans leading to the launch of the "Bring Back Bunce" campaign after the collapse of Setanta Sports in Great Britain.
In October 2013, BoxNation announced that they would show the entire Golden Boy on Fox Sports 1 series on a tape delay every Wednesday night at 7pm.
Haye v Chisora and co-promotion
On 8 May 2012, it was announced the BoxNation would co-promote and air the all-British heavyweight clash between David Haye and Dereck Chisora. The fight took place at The Boleyn Ground, more commonly known as Upton Park on 14 July 2012.
Billed as Haye v Chisora: Licensed to Thrill, the fight received criticism from several quarters and was licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to authorise the fight. This is due, in part, to the press conference clash between Haye and Chisora in February in the aftermath of Chisora's defeat to Vitali Klitschko. During the course of the fight weekend, Chisora also slapped his opponent in the face at the weigh-in and spat water in the face of Vitali's brother, Wladimir in the ring preceding the fight. This trio of incidents led the BBBofC to withdraw Chisora's license to fight "indefinitely," while Haye had previously retired and therefore escaped censure.
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