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Lara, Rodriguez, Szpilka, Haskins all to be shown on Freeview in UK

Channel 5 and Spike have teamed up to bring you a bumper fight weekender from Friday night on the 12th June through to 13th June which will KNOCK YOU OUT!

We start on Spike with Erislandy Lara defending his WBA world title against Delvin Rodriguez LIVE on Friday night, 12th June at 2am (morning of Saturday 13th June). Heavyweight Artur Szpilka will also be on the bill. He’s become a Chicago favourite after consecutive wins in his last two fights.

Saturday 13th June is a jam packed fight night with the full undercard of Live International Boxing from the Action Sports Arena in Bristol on Spike from 7:30pm. Bob Ajisafe from Leeds tops the bill as he goes into action for the vacant Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Championship over 12 rounds.

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Then at 10:00pm the action moves to Channel 5. Saturday night is title fight night, as Channel 5 presents live coverage of the bout between Lee Haskins and Japanese star Ryosuke Iwasa, as they compete for the IBF Interim World Bantamweight Championship. Local lad Lee Haskins is the current European bantamweight champion and a former British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion. This is the 31-year-old’s first shot at a version of the world championship and one that he has been working towards for 12 years.

Then for those viewers still with a fight in their belly, the action continues on Spike with BAMMA where Mark Godbeer and Paul Taylor battle it out for the Heavyweight title from midnight.

Head of Channel Management Craig Morris said: “We are excited that we can bring these international boxing and MMA events to the UK audience for free. Channel 5 and Spike will be your destination for top fighting events across the year.”

One commonwealth championship, two world titles and one MMA Heavy weight title – all free to air. All weekend across Spike and Channel 5.

About Spike UK

Spike UK is the latest general entertainment channel from the Channel 5 stable, bringing its portfolio of free-to-air UK networks to nine. The channel will be available from launch on 15th April via the main digital TV platforms in the UK, including Freeview (Ch 31), Sky TV (Ch 160), Freesat (Ch 141), BT TV (Ch 31) and Talk Talk (Ch 31). Spike UK offers a mix of original commissions, smash hit acquired drama and blockbuster films, factual library content and adrenalin-fuelled sports blended with a range of reality series from Spike in the US, which is consistently amongst the highest rating basic cable networks. Both Spike in the US and Channel 5 are owned and operated by Viacom International Media Networks, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Live It Like Spike by accessing www.spiketv.co.uk and following the channel on social media – twitter.com/spiketvuk and www.facebook.com/SpikeTVUK.

About Channel 5

Channel 5 launched as Britain’s fifth public service channel in March 1997. It reaches 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content. Sister channels 5*, 5USA and Spike complement Channel 5 with a mix of original commissions, and acquired entertainment and U.S. drama, while Demand 5 is a free catch up service available across multiple platforms and devices. In 2014, Channel 5 was the only major commercial free-to-air network to grow audience share across the most valuable TV audiences. Since September 2014, Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks.

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