New boxing rights and podcast for BBC 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live has secured exclusive radio rights to five world title fights in coming months.
The radio rights deal includes the world heavyweight unification blockbuster between Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko in April and the grudge match this Saturday between David Haye and Tony Bellew which is also live on the BBC Sport website.
And a brand new boxing podcast, fronted by 5 live’s Mike Costello and Steve Bunce will offer a round-up of the week’s news inside and outside the ring.
Available now the first episode debates the Haye/Bellew fight and asks if the pre-fight aggravation is actually genuine. New episodes will be added every Monday.
The podcast is the latest in a series launched by 5 live in recent weeks, including Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy starring Freddie Flintoff, Robbie Savage and Mathew Syed. The station has also recently released a weekly Rugby Union podcast and a dedicated Rugby League programme too.
5 live Controller Jonathan Wall says: “We are very proud of our boxing coverage which is compulsory listening for boxing fanatics everywhere. I’m delighted we can expand our offering to audiences, not only with a sensational set of fights to look forward to but also with our brand new podcast.
“We want to continue to be a modernising force in British radio. As well as delivering a dynamic live radio station, we have seen great success with our short form content on-line. We now want to give podcast listeners a much greater choice and deliver more specialist magazine shows, and this latest addition strengthens the network’s podcast portfolio even more.”