Triple Treat Live On SuperSport

Whether it’s from East London or Los Angeles, this weekend’s best boxing will enjoy live coverage on SuperSport

On Sunday afternoon, SA boxing prodigy Azinga Fuzile will move one step closer to a world championship shot when he fights an IBF eliminator against Russia’s dangerous Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in East London.

Fuzile hasn’t put a step wrong in his five-year pro career and Rakhimov represents a big jump in his level of opposition. The Russian, who has an identical 14-0 record, already has a pair of wins over SA opposition (Rofhiwa Maemu and Malcolm Klaassen) and will be determined to claim a third on Sunday.

But he’ll have it all to do given Fuzile’s movement and outstanding fighting instincts, not to speak of the Orient Theatre’s intimidating environment.

The tournament will be streamed live on DStv Now (SS Play) with a repeat on SuperSport 4 (SS4) from 18:00.

Also on Sunday, two of the world’s best welterweights will collide in LA when unbeaten southpaw banger Errol Spence, the IBF champion, fights WBC champion Shawn Porter (SuperSport 6, from 03:00).

Spence is commonly rated among the five best pound-for-pound fighters, but ought to have his hands full against Porter, a rugged mauler who mixes explosiveness with recklessness.

The ingredients are in place for a compelling fight with Spence having vowed to knock his American rival out and Porter dead keen to up-end his underdog status.

Earlier, on Friday night (SuperSport 10, 19:00), SA mini-flyweight champion Xolisa Magusha will defend his title against fourth-ranked Sibusiso Bandla in East London.

Southpaw Magusha is excitement on legs, a non-stop puncher who is never in a bad fight.


Africa’s Track And Field Stars In Medal Hunt

Unlike in previous years, where Kenya has dominated the charge at the world athletics championship, this year’s edition is likely to see a multi-pronged challenge from several African countries

The event takes place in Qatar from Friday and concludes on 6 October 2019, with the action to be broadcast live on SuperSport.

East Africa and West Africa are likely to dominate the charge of Africa, but Botswana’s Nijel Amos, the Olympic 800m silver medallist, will be a strong contender. In July he ran a scorching 1:41.89 in Monaco, his fastest time in seven years, so brings outstanding form to Doha.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth 100m champion Akani Simbine will also be out to stake a claim among the world’s best.

The South African dipped under 10 seconds in Berlin last month but will probably have to produce somewhere around his 9.92 season best to contend for a medal in a strong field headed by new sensation Christian Coleman of the US.

Other continental stars to keep an eye on include Nigerian’s Tobi Amusan, the 2018 Commonwealth and 2019 African 100m hurdles champion; Selemon Barega, Ethiopia’s 19-year-old 5000m phenomenon; Kenya’s Beatrice Kipkoech, who last year shattered the 3000m steeplechase world record; reigning 5000m world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya; and, Ivory Coast’s Marie Jose Talou, who will attempt the sprint double, having bagged silver in both 100m and 200m at the last edition, in London.

The action, which starts at 15:30 (CAT) on Friday, will be broadcast on SuperSport 13.


TV First As SuperSport Interviews All RWC-winning Captains

And, in a first for television, SuperSport has interviewed each one ahead of this year’s tournament in Japan.

The first, with Francois Pienaar, will be broadcast on SuperSport tonight (Monday, 2 September 2019).

The long-form interviews lift the lid on what goes into winning a World Cup and takes in the early days of the event, in the mid-1980s, to more current insights from Richie McCaw, the last man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, having done so in successive tournaments.

“It took some leg work, but was well worth it,” explained presenter Matthew Pearce. “Many of the stories and insights are remarkable, from David Kirk at the start to Richie McCaw.”

This is a first for an international broadcaster.

Richie McCaw, Matthew Pearce

“We have produced a series of interviews with significant RWC personalities that will be of enormous value to our viewers,” Pearce added. “Importantly, they are deeply personal and reflective, as opposed to a mere look-ahead to this year’s World Cup.”

Having secured interviews with the illustrious group, SuperSport then decided to cast the net wider, leveraging off the back of Rugby Championship and similar opportunities to produce a series of interviews with other significant World Cup personalities, among them Jean de Villiers, Jake White and Sean Fitzpatrick.

Predictably, their views are never less than forthright and entertaining.

Interview schedule:

  • 02-Sep-2019 – Francois Pienaar 20:00 SS1
  • 03-Sep-2019 – Martin Johnson 20:00 SS1
  • 04-Sep-2019 – George Gregan 20:00 SS1
  • 09-Sep-2019 – Jean de Villiers 20:00 SS1
  • 10-Sep-2019 – Victor Matfield 20:00 SS1
  • 11-Sep-2019 – Schalk Burger 20:00 SS1
  • 16-Sep-2019 – Richie McCaw: Part 1 20:00 SS1
  • 17-Sep-2019 – Richie McCaw: Part 2 20:00 SS1
  • 18-Sep-2019 – John Smit 20:00 SS1
  • 23-Sep-2019 – David Kirk 18:30 SS1
  • 24-Sep-2019 – Nick Farr-Jones 21:30 SS1
  • 25-Sep-2019 – Jake White 19:30 SS1
  • 30-Sep-2019 – John Eales 18:30 SS1
  • 01-Oct-2019 – Joel Stransky 21:00 SS1
  • 02-Oct-2019 – Eddie Jones 19:30 SS1
  • 07-Oct-2019 – Steve Hansen 19:30 SS1
  • 08-Oct-2019 – Bryan Habana 15:30 SS1
  • 09-Oct-2019 – Tim Horan 19:30 SS1
  • 14-Oct-2019 – Paul O’Connell 19:30 SS1
  • 14-Oct-2019 – Bob Skinstad 20:00 SS1
  • 16-Oct-2019 – Sean Fitzpatrick 19:30 SS1
  • 21-Oct-2019 – Chris Paterson 23:30 SS1
  • 22-Oct-2019 – Gavin Hastings 17:30 SS1
  • 23-Oct-2019 – Rassie Erasmus 19:30 SS1


Boxing’s Quiet Superstar Live On SuperSport

everal years ago, local boxer Ryno Liebenberg remarked that Vasiliy Lomachenko was the best fighter he had ever seen.

“He’s got it all, he’s impossible to beat,” said the former SA champion.

Lomachenko has come on since, winning a world championship in the fewest professional fights (three) and becoming a three-weight champion in his 12thfight. All but one of his bouts has been for a championship.

The two-time Olympic champion, who had 396 amateur fights with a single defeat, this weekend faces 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell for the WBA “super”, WBC and WBO lightweight belts in London.

The action will be broadcast live on SuperSport 5 from 21:00 on Saturday.

It’s a stacked card overall, also featuring Alexander Povetkin vs Hughie Fury, Charlie Edwards vs Julio Cesar Martinez for Edwards’ WBC flyweight title, plus Joshua Buatsi vs Ryan Ford.

Lomachenko-Campbell is likely Loma’s most intriguing match at the weight given that Campbell is taller and has a greater reach.

The Ukrainian agrees that Campbell represents a big challenge.

“Guys are bigger than me, they have a bigger reach, they are taller. It is harder. I don’t think about knockouts. I just get in the ring and do my boxing. If I can, I will take it.

“I can’t speak English easily so I can’t open my personality in English. I can’t be a superstar but I can be the best boxer in history — this is my goal.”


‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Out To Crush It In UFC 235 – Live On SuperSport

The “Nigerian Nightmare” descends on Las Vegas this weekend for what shapes to be one of MMA’s best fights of the year at UFC 235, to be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Kamaru Usman, the number two contender, takes on champion Tyron Woodley in a pick ’em fight that matches two of the best technicians in the game.

Usman says it has been many years since he visited the land of the birth – his family moved to the US when he was eight – but he still feels a strong connection to Nigeria.

“Absolutely,” he said in a call from Las Vegas this week. “All of my extended family is there while here in the US I’ve my parents, two brothers and sisters and two uncles.”

Now based in Dallas, he concedes that MMA is still growing in awareness in Nigeria and is happy to help “shed a light” that there is another big sport out there.

“You guys have a star,” he said of his countrymen, hoping they will tune in to watch the biggest moment of his seven-year professional career.

In Woodley, he will be facing a fighter making the fifth defence of his UFC belt, and a man rated among UFC’s top “pound-for-pound” performers.

Usman is under no illusions that he will be up against one of the division’s best, and a man who won’t be easily beaten.

“It’s gonna take everything [to win] . . . skills, heart. When everything is settled, I know he’s tough. I have to show him my heart and do whatever it takes.

“To fight me you have to be confident. I know I’m a hard guy to deal with. I’m tough for anybody.”

Six years removed from his last defeat, Usman says that he learned plenty from that reverse to Jose Caceres, which is underpinned by his outstanding 9-0 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” said the man who was born in Benin City in Nigeria’s south. “I had just got into the sport, I didn’t know much. I was a wrestler and thought I was okay, but I had to learn to grapple and discover the intricacies of jiu-jitsu and kick-boxing. I took the time to learn everything. I can’t be caught – it will never happen again.”

In the co-headliner, two-time light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will square off against Anthony Smith.

Broadcast details: SuperSport 11 will cross to Las Vegas at 05:00 on Sunday, 3 March 2019.


WWE And SuperSport Announce Multi-Year Agreement To Televise Raw And SmackDown

WWE (NYSE: WWE) and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sports broadcaster, today announced a new, multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Starting Monday, August 28, SuperSport will air WWE’s flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown® as well as WWE specials, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®.

“WWE is a global phenomenon, so securing the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The athletes involved are larger than life figures who command huge followings. At long last our viewers will get to share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with WWE.”

“SuperSport is a best-in-class partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging with and entertaining our fans,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “Televising WWE programming live in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time is an important milestone for us, and we look forward to working with SuperSport to cultivate new fans in the region.”

SuperSport channels S3, S4, S9 and SS10 will televise Raw on Tuesdays and SmackDown on Wednesdays, offering both live telecasts and same-day re-airs, and will broadcast all WWE specials live, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®. All programs will be available with English commentary and on demand. To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport will televise the prior week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on Monday, August 28.