CountryUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerBoxing Channel Media[1] (50 %)
BT Group (50 %)
Sister channelsAMC from BT
BT Sport
BT Sport Box Office
Launched14 July 2011
Virgin MediaChannel 546
SkyChannel 427
Astra 2F
11344 H 27500 5/6
TalkTalk Plus TVChannel 415
BTChannel 415
Streaming media
Watch live
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Premier PlayerWatch live (UK only)

BoxNation[2] is a British dedicated boxing subscription television channel, operated by Boxing Channel Media.


Former logo (2011-2014)
Former logo (2011-2014)

BoxNation was launched by Frank Warren Promotions as a free-to-air channel on Sky.[3] It was soft launched on 14 July 2011, airing two hours of classic boxing fights. The channel fully launched on 30 September 2011, broadcasting live fights, magazine programmes and footage of classic fights from boxing legends including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

The channel screened its first live fight on 30 September 2011 as Liam Walsh stopped Paul Appleby in the tenth round at York Hall in Bethnal Green.[4]

BoxNation was later launched on Virgin Media on 1 December 2011.[5] It also became a monthly subscription channel on this day.[6]

In 2012 BoxNation launched an iOS app for iPhone and iPad users as well as launching an online service via, In 2013 BoxNation made the app available to Android phone users. App users are charged £10 a month to view the full BoxNation coverage regardless if they are already subscribed via Sky or Virgin Media.

In January 2013, The Independent reported that BT was likely to acquire the channel and incorporate its content into their planned sports channels. Simon Green, the head of BT Sport, was a former Chief Executive at BoxNation and remains a non-executive director at the station.[7]

In 2017, BT TV customers gained access to BoxNation as part of the BT Sport package.

In April 2018, BoxNation extended their exclusive output deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank, meaning that the channel would broadcast the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford to British fight fans.[8]


Presenters and commentators

BoxNation's programming is presented by experienced broadcasters Richard Keys, Jim Rosenthal, Paul Dempsey, John Rawling and Steve Bunce.[9]

On 15 January 2016 two new hosts, well known English presenter and sports personality Charlie Webster and Olympic Boxing Bronze medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star Anthony Ogogo launched a new weekly programme called Charlie's Web,[10] looking at the world of social media in boxing.


BoxNation features live cards with domestic and international fights, classic match footage, magazine shows and interviews with current and former fighters. The channel has already broadcast over 70 live world title fights featuring Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Vitali Klitschko, Nathan Cleverly, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Dereck Chisora, and Bernard Hopkins amongst many others

Steve Bunce also hosts the weekly show "Boxing Hour" every Monday night. Bunce had formerly hosted a show with the same name and format on Setanta Sports where it gained popularity and acclaim amongst boxing fans leading to the launch of the "Bring Back Bunce" campaign[11] after the collapse of Setanta Sports in Great Britain.[12]

In October 2013, BoxNation announced that they would show the entire Golden Boy on Fox Sports 1 series on a tape delay every Wednesday night at 7pm.[13]

Haye v Chisora and co-promotion

On 8 May 2012, it was announced the BoxNation would co-promote and air the all-British heavyweight clash between David Haye and Derek Chisora.[14] The fight took place at The Boleyn Ground, more commonly known as Upton Park on 14 July 2012.

Billed as Haye v Chisora: Licensed to Thrill, the fight received criticism from several quarters and was licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to authorise the fight.[15] This is due, in part, to the press conference clash between Haye and Chisora in February in the aftermath of Chisora's defeat to Vitali Klitschko.[16] During the course of the fight weekend, Chisora also slapped his opponent in the face at the weigh-in and spat water in the face of Vitali's brother, Wladimir in the ring preceding the fight. This trio of incidents led the BBBofC to withdraw Chisora's license to fight "indefinitely," while Haye had previously retired and therefore escaped censure.[17]

As well as co-promoting the fight, BoxNation broadcast the event to UK audiences, while the fight was also going to be shown in over 60 foreign countries.[18]


  1. ^ "Boxnation". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ The Channels Share On Television
  3. ^ Davies, Gareth (23 September 2011). "Frank Warren launches BoxNation, a new fight sports channel on Sky". London. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Liam Walsh retains title despite Paul Appleby knockdown". 1 October 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  5. ^ Laughlin, Andrew (23 November 2011). "BoxNation to launch on Virgin Media". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  6. ^ Dooley, Terence. "Sky, BoxNation Deliver a Bumper Month to UK Fight Fans". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Inside Lines: Green light as ambitious BT throw their hat into the". 12 January 2013.
  8. ^ "BoxNation renew Top Rank deal". 13 April 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Richard Keys returns to TV with BoxNation". Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Charlie's Web starts tonight at 7pm on BoxNation | Boxing News". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Bring Back Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour!". Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  12. ^ Mason, Rowena; Matthew Moore (24 June 2009). "Setanta collapse leaves millions of sports fans in dark". London. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  13. ^ "BoxNation to show Charlo v Rodriguez on Fox show at 7pm this Wednesday". Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  14. ^ "David Haye and Dereck Chisora to fight at Upton Park". The BBC. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Haye-Chisora: Luxembourg Boxing Federation sanctions fight". The BBC. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  16. ^ Davies, Gareth A. (9 May 2012). "David Haye promises to inflict a "slow, concussive beating" on Dereck Chisora as Upton Park grudge fight confirmed". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Dereck Chisora has boxing licence withdrawn by British authority". The BBC. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  18. ^ "David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora | Licensed to Thrill". Retrieved 4 July 2012.