Oscar De La Hoya, El Rey Rebel FAST Channel Launching ‘Friday Night Fights’

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Fuse Media has brought Oscar De La Hoya and El Rey Rebel FAST Channel together. Through his new partnership, “Friday Night Fights” has been created.

El Rey Rebel will air some of the most memorable fights in recent history. The first episode is set to air Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

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De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions will be integral parts of the programming.

“The early part of the 21st century was a golden era of boxing across a number of weight divisions and fans can now go back in time to rewatch some of the best fighters of that time,” De La Hoya said. “Casual and boxing hardcores alike always tuned in when three guys named Pacquiao, Mayweather, and De La Hoya were fighting and now they’ll have an opportunity to see all three in their prime on ‘Friday Night Fights.’”

The new weekly series debuts on the 21st anniversary of the 2003 bout between De La Hoya and Luis Ramon Campas. The episode will also feature Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton from 2009.

Other planned re-airs include Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Hatton, Pacquiao vs. Marco A. Barrera and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Joseito Lopez.

El Rey Rebel will feature events from Fuse Media’s other sports partnerships. Those include premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts franchise “Combate Global MMA” and “BYB Bare Knuckle Fighting.

Available on The Roku Channel, El Rey Rebel is also on Freevee, Canela, TCL, Fuse.tv and Fuse+. Those streaming providers are available for subscribers who sign up through their current TV provider.

“We couldn’t be more excited that 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions are bringing some of the most epic fights in modern boxing history to El Rey Rebel, said Miguel Roggero, Chairman and CEO of Fuse Media. “With these thrilling matches, ‘Friday Night Fights’ will be a cornerstone franchise for El Rey Rebel, unleashing the types of raw emotion and adrenaline that the channel’s growing number of viewers are craving.”

Here is a look at the planned episodes:

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Luis Ramon Campas

Following the dramatic knockout of rival Fernando Vargas, Oscar De La Hoya defended his unified WBA and WBC Junior Middleweight World titles against beloved Mexican fighter Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas on Friday, May 3, 2003, the weekend ahead of Cinco de Mayo. De La Hoya gave Campas a beating, knocking his mouthpiece out so many times that Referee Vic Drakulich had to dock the challenger a point in round six. Oscar forced Drakulich’s hand in stopping the fight in the seventh round.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton

“The Battle of East vs West” was a professional boxing match for the IBO and The Ring light welterweight championship between Manny Pacquiao from General Santos, Philippines, and Ricky Hatton from Manchester, United Kingdom. The bout was held on May 2, 2009, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and drew 1.75 million pay-per-view buys. El Rey Rebel’s telecast airs one day after this matchup’s 15th anniversary.

Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez

This matchup on September 15, 2012 showed the world Saul Álvarez’s size and experience in the boxing ring. Alvarez knocked Josesito Lopez down in the second, third, and fourth rounds en route to stopping him in the fifth round.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton

Billed as “Undefeated,” the event on December 8, 2007 was a boxing superfight. Reigning WBC and Ring Magazine Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and reigning Ring Magazine Super Lightweight Champion Ricky Hatton. The fight was for Mayweather’s WBC & The Ring welterweight titles, which Mayweather successfully defended.

Marco A Barrera vs. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera II was a super featherweight boxing match on October 6, 2007. Barrera came out smarter in this fight as he survived up to the final round. But Pacquiao easily outboxed him throughout the contest. Pacquiao defeated Barrera via unanimous decision, with two judges scoring the bout 118–109, whereas the third scored it 115–112.

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