Frank Warren is delighted to announce that Tyson Fury’s challenge for the WBC world heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday. 

Mike Costello will be ringside at the Staples Center on December 1st to provide world class commentary on the blockbuster heavyweight contest between the WBC world heavyweight champion and the lineal world heavyweight champion.

Deontay Wilder won the WBC belt when he defeated Bermane Stiverne widely on the judges’ scorecards back in January 2015. He has since gone on to successfully defend his title seven times. The big-hitter from Alabama is undefeated with 40 victories as a professional, a staggering 39 of those wins coming by knockout.

Tyson Fury shocked the boxing world when he defeated heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in November 2015 to become the unified world heavyweight champion. After two and a half years out of the ring, Fury has come back and won his last two contests.

“This is one of the biggest fights in heavyweight boxing and I am delighted BBC 5 Live will be joining us in LA this week to deliver fantastic coverage to boxing fans of all the fight week build up and the big fight itself on Saturday night.” said Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren.

Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, said: “This clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder promises to be one of the most exciting boxing moments of the year. We’re delighted we have added this bout to our multi-event deal with Frank Warren and that we continue to bring our listeners the biggest fights. Our exclusive coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website will ensure fans won’t miss a single blow.”

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Matchroom Boxing are delighted to announce a deal with the BBC for exclusive radio rights to the highly-anticipated undisputed Cruiserweight World title showdown between Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena this Saturday.
Award-winning boxing correspondent Mike Costello and his Radio 5 Live team will provide blow-by-blow commentary on an historic night in Manchester as pound-for-pound star Usyk puts his WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine belts on the line against Bellew. 
Ukranian Cruiserweight king Usyk made history by outclassing Murat Gassiev to become the first Cruiserweight to hold all four recognised belts, following his sensational World Boxing Super Series win in July.

The 31-year-old won Olympic, World and European amateur golds before steamrolling his way to the top of the Cruiserweight division after only 15 fights, but former WBC World Champion Bellew believes he will become the first man to beat Usyk this Saturday.

A glittering career has seen Bellew win British, Commonwealth, European and World titles, and the Liverpudlian warrior is aiming for a fairytale ending in Manchester, hinting that this could be his final battle before he retires.
Matchroom Boxing Managing Director Eddie Hearn, said: “I’m delighted to team up with BBC Radio 5 Live for this mega fight on Saturday. This is the first ever four belt undisputed clash in British boxing history and I know the 5 Live team will bring you all the fight week build up in style along with a first-class delivery on the night encapsulating all of Saturday night’s drama.”
 Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Radio Sport and Digital, said: “I’m delighted BBC Radio 5 Live will be broadcasting live radio commentary of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew on Saturday. We are committed to bringing our listeners the biggest fights and with exclusive coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website, boxing fans won’t miss a moment of the action.”

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