BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series Announces Partnership with beIN SPORTS in North America
beIN SPORTS will become home to the “Best of BYB” in the U.S. and Canada, as well as for exclusive BYB events including the live BYB 18 Inaugural Police Gazette International Cup on Sunday, June 25, at London’s Indigo at the O2
The network will also be the English and Spanish-language destination for bare knuckle fights slated for August, September, October, and December 2023
MIAMI, FL – June 8, 2023 – BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series announced today a media rights agreement with flagship sports network beIN SPORTS to exclusively broadcast the “Best of BYB” shows throughout the year in North America. The partnership ensures new and existing fight fans in the U.S. and Canada have access to premier BYB content through beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. Matches and shows will also air on beIN SPORTS XTRA and beIN SPORTS XTRA en Español, the network’s free, 24/7 English and Spanish-language live sports channels.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with beIN SPORTS as 2023 is a year of strategic growth and overarching success for BYB as we continue to build both our international and domestic footprints,” said BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series CEO, Gregory Bloom. “This partnership with one of the foremost sports and entertainment networks in the world, capitalizes on the massive, worldwide appeal we have developed over the past months – from introducing professional bare knuckle fighting to the Middle East, to hosting the first-of-its-kind bare knuckle tournament in London, while showcasing our unique style of bare knuckle fighting to a hungry and growing North American fanbase.”
Bloom added, “Bare knuckle fighting is the new frontier in combat spectator sports. BYB is proud to be the modern-day originator of bare knuckle fighting in the United States, and as we showcase our product to new audiences, we are equally proud to be putting out the best, most exciting and purest form of combat sports on the market today. Unlike other combat sports properties, our patented Trigon ring – the smallest in combat sports – presses the action, forces the participants to engage, leaves nowhere to run, and results in some of the most fantastic finishes in all the various fighting arts. Through our agreement with beIN SPORTS, we can provide more fight fans across North America exactly what they want – competitive matches decided by the fighters, not by the judges.”
Longtime announcer for combat sports Mike Goldberg and former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi will serve as co-hosts for the “Best of BYB” English edition. World-renowned commentator Claudia Trejos will lead the Spanish-language broadcast team. As part of the agreement, beIN SPORTS will broadcast the BYB 18 Inaugural Police Gazette International Cup on Sunday, June 25 live from London’s Indigo at the O2, the first-ever tournament-style event pitting U.S. vs UK-based fighters. BYB 18 will consist of nine match-ups featuring American BYB fighters going against BKB’s UK-based fighters, with the promotion scoring the majority of victories to be awarded the Police Gazette International Cup. BYB 18 will also feature three additional bare-knuckle matches, showcasing BYB’s continued expanding roster of international talent.
The action continues with BYB 19 on August 10th in South Florida, BYB 20 on September 16th in Biloxi, Mississippi, BYB 21 on October 21st in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and BYB 22, a special show in December with the location and date to be announced in due course.
Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle fighting into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, London, and Dubai, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bareknuckle fighting. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.
About beIN SPORTS North America
Launched in 2012, beIN SPORTS offers viewers world-class sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, live streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT and free English-language channel, beIN SPORTS XTRA. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, which includes live matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana, Turkish Süper Lig, Africa Cup of Nations, CAF Confederation Cup, CAF Champions League and International Friendlies as well as news and in-depth analysis of all the top leagues from around the world. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven for fans of wrestling, mixed martial arts (MMA), skiing and handball, among others. Through beIN SPORTS CONNECT, authenticated subscribers in the U.S. and DTC Pay subscribers in Canada can also enjoy all the exciting action from the two networks and stream live overflow matches offered in HD on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Fans can also experience live high-quality sports properties for free via beIN SPORTS XTRA. This includes season-long access to XTRA soccer matches, XTRA combat sports, XTRA adventure sports, XTRA original studio productions, and a robust library of historically relevant sporting events. For more information, visit www.beINSPORTS.com and www.beINSPORTSXTRA.com. www.beINSPORTS.com