The hype now surrounding Warrior Fight Series has come good, as Promoter Harry Shoebridge has today revealed that as of July 1st, London Live will hold non-exclusive rights for one year to broadcast a number of one hour episodes of the show.
With London Live being available on all platforms (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159, YouView 8, Online Catch Up), providing you’re geographically located in London and some surrounding areas, this is a massive deal for WFS.
The TV station reaches on average 2.2 million adults within London every month, of which 51% are male. That’s 24% of all Londoners tuning into the station every month. Of the London market, the channel also outperforms more established channels such as Sky News and 5USA.
Since launching one year ago, 6.8 million people in London have watched the station, which is 72% of all Londoners. These figures are larger than that of Sky 1 and Sky News.
Warrior Fight Series promoter, Harry Shoebridge said:
I am extremely proud to announce the news that WFS has partnered up with London Live. The deal was initially signed after WFS 2 which means after just two events we had a broadcast deal in the bag. Myself and my team are pushing the brand and the fighters to the highest level we can and will continue to do so. This deal is just the start for us and we plan on delivering great content for fight fans to watch on TV.
The events to be featured will include fights from WFS 1, 2, 3 and 4.
WFS 1 took place on June 14th of 2014 and was headlined by Mike Neun and Lloyd Clarkson for the light heavyweight title. Controversy struck, though, as Neun couldn’t make weight so only Lloyd could win the title. Unfortunately for Neun, he took the decision win but went home empty handed. It also saw the crowning of lightweight champion Jefferson George as he defeated Jamie Reynolds in a back and fourth battle. Other fighters to have featured were Dean Trueman who defeated Dan Shortman and WFS regular, Pelu Adetola who beat Jay Oliver.
WFS 2 took place on February 21st of 2015 and was headlined by Mike Neun and Lukasz Parobiec, this time for the heavyweight title. Both guys slugged it out and it was the Polish fighter Parobiec that took home the gold. We also crowned our featherweight champion after Daniel Crawford took a landslide decision victory over Theo Michailidis in the co-main event. Also on the card was American born Richie Edwards who defeated Gary Duffy.
Our most recent event, WFS 3, took place at the York Hall on May 23rd of 2015. Headlined by Jake Bostwick and Patrick Vallee, it has been hailed as the Fight of the Year by many sources and certainly put on a show for the fans in attendance. Bostwick walked away with a tight decision victory in front of a home crowd, but it wasn’t without a fight. In the co-main event we crowned a welterweight champion in Nathan Jones submitted Matt Robinson to get the early stoppage and become WFS champ. Also on the card Brad Wheeler made his return with a victory over Kes Mamba, Darren Stewart defeated Lloyd Clarkson and Pelu Adetola beat Emmanuel Cammarata.
Our next event, WFS 4, will also feature on the series with scheduled bouts including Jefferson George defending his title against Brad Wheeler.
We caught up with one of the most exciting fighters in the UK today, Jake Bostwick who had this to say about the broadcasting deal:
It’s so exciting knowing that WFS is now going to be televised, Harry has done such a great job on the show. The difference between the first event and the third event is such a change and the professionalism of the events is amazing! I fought on the third event at York Hall and it was unreal, I had such an amazing time on the show and was treated very well. The staff were very helpful and now the events are televised it’s going to be great for the show and for the fighters! Onwards and upwards for Harry and WFS!
Photo: Jake Bostwick Vs Patrick Vallee | Mark Blundell