The inaugural WBC Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament, promoted by the legendary Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment and licensed internationally by leading rights distributor Protocol Sports Marketing, has secured major international coverage for the 8-man, 3-date, innovative tournament that begins on April 27, 2018.
Sanctioned by Boxing’s premier governing body, the World Boxing Council (WBC), the tournament will be digitally live-streamed through CBS Sports Interactive, across Europe on Eurosport Player (in 58 countries), across sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé Sport and in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on ranFighting. With such outstanding high-caliber partners, the future audience for this event will undoubtedly grow.
Beginning with the Welterweight division, the tournament will feature a diverse cast of fighters from around the world, including Felix Diaz Jr. of the Dominican Republic, Chris van Heerden of South Africa, Fredrick Lawson of Ghana, Baishanbo Nasiyiwula of China, Timo Schwarzkopf of Germany, and more.
The tournament will be a bracket-style, knock-out tournament and will take place at the YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Comprising the 3 events, the tournament begins with the quarter-finals on April 27, proceeds to the semi-finals on July 14 and concludes with the Finals on October 6.
The legendary Evander Holyfield, former undisputed Cruiserweight champion and undisputed Heavyweight champion, now heading Real Deal Sports & Entertainment declared, “Real Deal Boxing is looking to break the paradigm and introduce new and thoughtful ideas to the world of Boxing, the first of which is this upcoming tournament. It is important for our company to work alongside partners who share our vision and Protocol Sports Marketing shares our vision for Boxing. We are glad that the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament’ is supported by such important broadcasters and we look forward to providing the Boxing world with exciting action starting April 27th.”
Khaled Abdalla, Director of Sales at Protocol Sports Marketing stated, “We have noticed real traction internationally with the WBC tournament. We are building value in a new Boxing segment which translates into international sales. No company, other than Protocol, could have secured the massive international exposure for the WBC Tournament that we have. With major broadcasters such as Eurosport and Kwesé, among others, backing such a fresh and exciting idea, it is highly encouraging for the sport.”
Receiving wider and more meaningful international coverage than many world title Boxing events, the WBC Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament will be accessible to every home around the world with Internet access as well as millions of homes around the world on television.
Promising no gimmicks, no filler and no tuxedos; the WBC Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament seeks to innovate on the traditional Boxing tournament format and build a new model that will usher in a new era of frequent and down-to-earth Boxing tournaments that are accessible to Boxing fans worldwide.
The action begins on April 27 with four exciting semi-finals matches: DIAZ v. SANTANA; VAN HEERDEN v. SCHWARZKOPF; LAWSON v. NASIYIWULA; and SOLOMON v. GALLAGHER.