The ‘Zak Vali Annual Evening of Professional Boxing’, which takes place this Saturday October 1 at Manchester’s Lancashire County Cricket Club, will now be broadcast live and free via YouTube, with technical issues scuppering the planned broadcast by the ‘It’s A-Bout Boxing’ TV channel (Sky Channel 468 and Freeview Channel 90).
The new boxing PR channel, set up by former promoter Marcus Anderson Hitchen, has already filmed shows by promoters Carl Greaves and Kieran Farrell, but was aiming to make its first ‘live’ broadcast by airing Asif Vali’s upcoming event. However, unforeseen circumstances mean the show will now be pre-recorded and aired at a later date, although fans will still be able to catch all the action as it happens on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/Itsaboutboxing or https://www.youtube.com/Itsaboutboxing).
“We were hoping to launch the channel by airing Asif’s show live,” explained Anderson Hitchen, “but we’ve had some technical issues, and also there are various Ofcom regulations that need to be met. We actually believe we’ve met them but we don’t want to make any mistakes and, with the technical issues, we’ve decided to delay the launch.
“It’s unfortunate but it’s not going to delay the channel for too long. In fact, we’ll be airing the recent Kieran Farrell show that we’ve already filmed, next week – either Wednesday or Friday – and Asif’s show will be aired next Saturday. However, as mentioned, we will put Asif’s show out live on Youtube so that people can still view it for free.
“It’s not ideal and not what we wanted but it’s teething problems that even the biggest broadcasters face occasionally. When you start something big like this, sometimes these initial problems occur and it’s unfortunate, but we want to get it right at the very start. We will still be broadcasting live on YouTube though and it’s still free of charge to the fans.
“Although we’ve had these teething difficulties, we are still eventually aiming to be the biggest broadcaster of small hall boxing in the UK. Kieran Farrell’s show is a terrific show and will be worth waiting for, and Asif’s show looks like it’s also going to include some great fights for the fans. So, tune into YouTube for the live event, and catch all the action next week via the ‘It’s A-Bout Boxing’ TV channel.”
Asif Vali, in partnership with Dennis Hobson Promotions present the ‘Zak Vali Annual Evening of Professional Boxing’ on October 1 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford (Lancashire County Cricket Club). Appearing on the show will be Bolton’s Osman Aslam; Manchester’s Adam Hague, Darryl Sharp and Matthew Mainwaring; and Ireland’s Con Sheehan.
Any press wishing to attend, please call 01204 528 898.
The ‘Zak Vali Foundation’, set up in memory of Zak Vali, aims to help pay for funeral costs when a child passes after cancer treatment. For more information please visit http://www.thezvfoundation.co.uk/