ESPN to Exclusively Air Two Top Rank Championship Fights This August
Two-division world champions VASYL LOMACHENKO and TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD return to the ring in August, in separate world championship events on ESPN. Lomachenko will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and top-10 contender MIGUEL "Escorpión" MARRIAGA, Saturday, August 5, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Crawford, the 2014 Fighter of the Year, will risk his WBO, World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring magazine world titles against undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion Julius Indongo in a battle of undefeated 140-pound world champions. Crawford vs. Indongo will take place Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Both events will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN DEPORTES and stream live on the ESPN app.
"ESPN is thrilled to bring these two new title fights to fans," said ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling Burke Magnus. "There is a lot of buzz around boxing right now and much of it centers around these two great champions - Lomachenko and Crawford. We are excited and proud to showcase these two great events on our all our platforms."
"Pound for pound, no one can match the talent of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford," said president of Top Rank. Todd duBoef. "They drew the best ratings on premium cable this year, and now everyone will be able to see them when they defend their world titles in all-action fights in August, live on ESPN."