Limerick boxing fans facing tv black-out for big fight

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THE Mayor of Limerick says he will support any campaign to secure Irish television coverage of Andy Lee’s upcoming World Title fight.

THE Mayor of Limerick says he will support any campaign to secure Irish television coverage of Andy Lee’s upcoming World Title fight.

The Limerick boxer will take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas in the early hours in Sunday morning, Irish time.

The hugely anticipated middleweight fight will be broadcast across America on pay-per-view channel HBO but currently there are no plans for the fight to be shown live here.

A spokesperson for RTÉ, which has previously provided coverage of Andy Lee fights at the University of Limerick Arena confirmed the state broadcaster will not be showing the World Title fight.

“RTÉ Sport is currently not in a position to consider any sports events not already contracted for the year as the financial climate and our finances do not allow,” she said.

A spokesperson for commercial rival TV3, said it would not be broadcasting the fight and a spokesperson for Dublin-based Setanta Sports said it has “no plans at the moment” to provide live coverage of the much anticipated fight.

It is understood that neither Sky Sports or ESPN, which broadcast in the UK intend showing the fight although it is understood that pay-channel Box Nation, which is only available on satellite, is considering covering the fight.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long says the decision of the various broadcasters not to show the fight is disappointing.

“Andy Lee is an iconic figure and he has done wonderful things for the boxing fraternity in Limerick and indeed Ireland. I think it is remiss of RTÉ or any other station not to be putting the fight at the forefront. It’s an international event, he’s carrying the Irish flag and it should be televised,” he said.