Top Rank Boxing on ESPN
Top Rank Boxing and then-fledgling ESPN formed a partnership to bring a weekly boxing to the cable network which culminated with the first regularly televised boxing series since 1964. The first event was held on April 10, 1980 in Atlantic City, when middleweight Frank Fletcher decisioned Ben Serrano. The now defunct Top Rank Boxing on ESPN was the longest running cable series and weekly boxing series in history, after celebrating its 16th consecutive year in 1996.
Beginning in 2017, Top Rank cards returned to ESPN airwaves in a two-year deal. In addition, Top Rank committed to providing programming to ESPN+, a paid over-the-top streaming service launched in 2018: these would include both minor cards with up-and-coming boxers as well as events that had previously been pay-per-view fights. The first fight of the revived Top Rank Boxing on ESPN was Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn, while the first major ESPN+ card was headlined by Terence Crawford again facing Horn.