NBC Sports Fight Night: Why Network Premiere Will Put Boxing on the Map

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23:  (R-L) Bryant Jennings connects with a right to the face of Theron Johnson during their heavyweight bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jennings won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Boxing is taking a page out of the UFC playbook with the announcement of NBC Sports Fight Night.

NBC Sports, formerly known as Versus, will feature their first boxing fight night tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Boxing has been dying for years. The UFC has been growing at an exponential rate in recent years. The world of entertainment is nothing more than playing copycat.

The UFC has been primarily on pay-per-view, much like boxing, for years.

Recently, they started having having preliminary fights on Facebook and cable television so casual viewers could see what the sport was about.

In fact, they have also started having main cards on television as well with UFC on Fox and UFC on FX.

The interest in the sport has been growing. People are starting to tune in for the fights that are shown on FX and Fox.

Tonight's NBC Sports Fight Night is an attempt at doing the same thing.

Boxing has been featured on ESPN's Friday Night Fights for quite some time, but this expansion will help viewership.

Many people will tune in tonight for the premiere event. Unfortunately, the fight card isn't as intriguing as one would hope.

The main event will feature heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Maurice Byarm going toe to toe for 10 rounds.

Unless you are a big follower of boxing, you likely haven't heard of any of the fighters on this card.

The addition of this event is big for boxing. It will help put boxing back in the public eye. In the future, the cards need to be better to keep the interest flowing.