Terry Flanagan’s WBO World Lightweight Championship defence against Russia’s Petr Petrov will be the first contest to be shown on BT Sport under the broadcaster’s tie-up wth boxing promotor Frank Warren.
Last year Mr Warren and the broadcaster announced a major tie-up which will see 10 major bouts shown each year on both BT Sport and his BoxNation channel.
In addition to the simulcast of the fights, BT Sport will also offer subscribers access to BoxNation at no extra cost, giving them access to the full line-up of Warren’s portfolio of fights and boxing coverage.
Flanagan will take on Petrov at Manchester Arena on Saturday April 8th, the card will also include the eagerly awaited domestic Light Middleweight showdown between former WBO World Light Middleweight Champion Liam Smith and long-time rival Liam Williams.
At a press conference held at the BT Tower, Mr Warren also announced that Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams was joining his roster of fighters and will make her professional debut on the April card.
The next event in Warren’s opening BT Sport schedule will take place at the Leicester Arena where newly crowned British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford will make the first defence of his belt against Birmingham rival Craig Cunningham on Saturday 22nd April.
Also on the card, Tyrone Nurse will make the third defence of his British Super-Lightweight title against Malmesbury’s Joe Hughes whilst Indian superstar Vijender Singh will fight against Leicester’s English Super Middleweight Champion Jahmane Smyle.
The next card announced by Warren will take place at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 6th May.
Full details of the card will announced in the coming weeks, but it is known to feature Bradley Skeete’s mandatory British Welterweight Title defence against Shayne Singleton.
Also on the bill, British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh will make the third defence of his title, while Mitchell Smith will be given the chance to avenge his shock loss against George Jupp.
The BT Sport cameras will then travel to Leeds’ First Direct Arena the following weekend on Saturday 13th May where local hero Josh Warrington will top the bill against Marco McCullough.
BT sport customers will be able to access the BoxNation channel from the 1st March for no extra cost