WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko is set to defend his belts on March 20th against #1 ranked and mandatory challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers. The battle will be witnessed by an audience of 50,000 fans in the sold out ET Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany. The bout will be accessible in the US, Canada & Puerto Rico on pay-per-view at Klitschko.com for $14.95.
The fight will be distributed via a webTV service provided by the Hamburg based and recently founded agency Triumph Media Group in cooperation with KMG (Klitschko Management Group). Frederik Luett, Director of Media Rights at Triumph said: “We are extremely excited about introducing this innovative means of delivery to the world of boxing and an event of such a global scope in particular to some of boxing’s most relevant markets. We are building a direct interface between the boxer i.e. KMG and the fans, which is very valuable and exciting for both of the latter. Maurizio Barbieri, Director of Digital Media at Triumph Media Group is one of the pioneers in this field; therefore we are convinced together with KMG we will give the fans of boxing an unprecedented viewing experience with a high quality video stream, profound statistics, social media applications and a very stylish environment.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “I am excited about the possibilities of web broadcasting. I enjoy working on the computer and I am very interested in new technologies. I like the idea that we are pioneers with this new technology in a very important market. I am sure this technology will be the wave of the future.”
Bernd Boente, Managing Director of KMG: “The US market is technologically far developed and mature for this. We are opening up new grounds in boxing and show that we are open to innovation. Other sport or music events already went that way and had great success.”