A boxing first will take place on Saturday, as EPIX will stream Saturday’s heavyweight fight between one-time world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora and former two-division world champion David Haye live to U.S. fans on Facebook, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT, in addition to presenting it live on the network, streamed live on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on Xbox and other devices.
U.S. boxing fans will be able to see the fight live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EpixHD and https://www.facebook.com/EPIXSports with an authenticated subscription or taking advantage of the free trial. The all-England grudge fight will take place at West Ham Football Club’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London.
“EPIX is excited to be the first to stream live boxing on Facebook and to continue to expand the platforms where U.S. fans can see their favorite entertainment,” said Travis Pomposello, EPIX CCO and executive producer of EPIX Sports.
As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on its jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)
This is a good move by EPIX, particularly so since their live stream video has been bashed across the boxing landscape whenever they host an event, for disconnecting or not connecting at all, lagging and being choppy, and simply not working effectively. So let’s see how the Facebook option works, and whether or not they stick with just that in the future.