Integrated Sports is one of the nation’s leading distributors of niche pay-per view and closed circuit sports events. The company has especially been making its presence known in the sport of boxing. They have televised numerous events over the last five years featuring some of boxing’s biggest names in major boxing events that otherwise would not have been seen in North America. In addition, Integrated Sports has given soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important world matches on home television. Fightnews caught up with Doug Jacobs, the president of Integrated Sports, who spoke of the company and its future.
What was the initial pay-per-view event for Integrated Sports Media?
It was the Ricky Hatton vs. Carlos Maussa world title fight back in 2005. Hatton was just becoming internationally known after defeating Kostya Tszyu in his previous fight. It was Hatton’s first pay-per-view in the United States.
Would I be correct in saying that you have built quite the resume with events shown on your network since the Hatton-Maussa fight?
We have been quite fortunate televising events featuring a lot of boxing’s biggest names such as Mike Tyson’s world tour event, Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Amir Khan, Evander Holyfield vs. Nickolai Valuev, and recently David Haye’s upset win over Valuev and of course the last one on February 27th featuring Wilfredo Vazquez Jr’s spectacular world title win over Marvin Sonsona.
What’s next in terms of a big named fighters headlining a pay-per-view event of yours?
Former three-divisional world champion and future Hall-of-Famer Erik Morales will make his highly anticipated return on March 27th in the main event of our next pay-per-view telecast. Much like the fans, we are excited about the return of Morales.
What would you say is the objective of Integrated Sports Media in terms of boxing?
Our goal is to present the boxing fans with an opportunity to see quality fighters perform in cases where they may not have been given the opportunity to see them due to the time slot, date, venue, etc not working for one of the premium networks.
Anything you would like to say in closing?
We are very appreciative of Fightnews and their continued efforts to support us as our company continues to grow. We are also very thankful to the consumers who continually support our events and if there are any bouts that they would like to see aired in North America, please email us and we will make an effort to acquire the rights.
For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com.