Tony Bellew Vs. Nathan Cleverly II should not be PPV!
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On the 15th October 2011 Tony Bellew fought Nathan Cleverly for the WBO World Light Heavyweight Title. Bellew entered the fight as British and Commonwealth champion and Cleverly as the reigning world champion. Both fighters where undefeated and considered the 2 best boxers at their weight in Britain. The fight was available free-to-air to over 10 million SKY households thanks to dedicated boxing channel, Boxnation.
Nearly 3 years later both fighters have agreed to face one another again in a long awaited rematch. Since their first fight both fighters have switched promoter, broadcaster and most recently weight category. Over the past 12 months both fighters have been rebuilding their careers after suffered devastating knock out losses to world level opposition at light heavyweight. Both fighters have been facing C level opposition on SKY Sports as they rebuild their confidence and grow into their new weight division.
On the 1st October 2014 the rematch was officially confirmed by Eddie Hearn. The fight will take place on the 22nd November 2014 at Liverpool's Echo Arena. It's a fight boxing fans have been looking forward to however promoter Hearn dropped the bombshell the fight will be on Pay-Per-View channel SKY Box Office with the asking price likely to be set at £16.95.
We the boxing fans are unhappy with the decision of Eddie Hearn and SKY to make this fight a PPV event. This level of fight is what we expect to see on SKY Sports. Making this fight a PPV event devalues our SKY Sports subscription and shows a clear misunderstanding from the promoter and broadcaster as to what fans want and expect. There is no denying this is a great fight however there is no world title on the line, both fighters have been exposed at world level and neither is really proven at cruiserweight. The fact their first fight had so much more on the line and was free-to-air makes the decision to have the rematch on PPV incredibly questionable.
We ask Eddie Hearn and SKY to reconsider their decision to make this a PPV event. By signing this petition we confirm we will not be buying the PPV event on SKY Box Office. Some signing the petition will also be considering their future subscription to SKY Sports. We are not prepared to accept B and C level shows on SKY Sports Fight Night, as part of our regular subscription, with the fights we really want to see like Bellew Vs. Cleverly II being pushed onto SKY Box Office. We will not be treated like mugs!