Oscar de la Hoya Launching 2 Free Boxing Channels Online (Exclusive)

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Prizefighter teams with FilmOn TV Networks to stream classic bouts and live fights

Boxing champ turned media exec Oscar de la Hoya is launching a pair of pugilistic online channels under a pact between the ex-fighter’s Golden Boy Promotions and streaming service FilmOn TV Networks.

The two free, ad-supported channels are slated to go live on FilmOn by the end of January. The Golden Boy Channel will feature 2,000 hours of de la Hoya’s fights, and Ring Channel is scheduled to live-stream bouts every two weeks from Golden Boy Promotions’ L.A. Fight Club monthly boxing series starting Jan. 29.

“Past, present or future, Golden Boy Promotions has, is and always will be about pitting the best against the best,” De la Hoya said in a statement. “This new partnership with FilmOn will only further showcase our mission by offering fans the best fights from today and yesterday.”

Separately, Golden Boy Promotions is continuing to develop a Spanish-language TV channel, De La Hoya TV, which the 10-time world boxing champion announced a year ago at NATPE. De la Hoya announced his retirement from boxing in 2009.

On FilmOn’s service, the Golden Boy Channel will feature replays of de la Hoya bouts with Floyd Mayweather, Pernell Whitiker, Fernando Vargas, Ike Quartay, Manny Pacquiao and others. Ring Channel, in addition to live fights from the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, will stream the undercards from many HBO boxing events and will provide behind-the-scenes dispatches and analysis.

In addition, de la Hoya also will host a new combat-sports talk show on FilmOn TV Network’s FOTV cable channel, which is available on Dish Network in L.A. and Sky in the U.K. The show is set to include appearances by special guests such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. Other FilmOn original shows include “Almost Legal with Tommy Chong.”

FilmOn is owned by Greek billionaire and entertainment entrepreneur Alkiviades “Alki” David, who has crossed swords with the TV business in the past. The company last fall lost a ruling in its legal gambit to obtain compulsory licenses from broadcasters to stream their signals online.

FilmOn TV Networks offers nearly 1,000 linear channels, claiming to reach 70 million monthly unique users worldwide, as well as 45,000 on-demand titles.

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  1. Joanne says:

    OT: Road To Mosley, Freddie Roach says, This is the best first week of training ever!!! Go Manny.. The footwork is unbelievable. If only Manny uses that to the max, no one will ever catch him !!! #PrayForManny

  2. RPadTV says:

    This is a smart and forward-thinking move by Golden Boy Promotions. Internet streaming is booming and it’s nice to see a boxing promoter get onboard.

  3. superflyalbertsandoval says:

    THIS is super good new THANK YOU OSCAR

    • Maxximus says:

      Being a boxing fan and living in the LA area, this is good to hear. Looks like Golden Boy Promotions is moving the the right direction expanding boxing access worldwide via the internet.

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