NEW YORK -- Boxing Promoter Don King Wednesday announced a monthly series of fights to be telecast on his new cable network, led off by a World Boxing Council featherweight title bout between champion Salvador Sanchez and No. 1 contender Mario Miranda from Madison Square Garden on July 21.
King's network, the Don King Sports and Entertainment Network (DKSEN) is scheduled to show boxing and entertainment specials. King said he hopes to put on at least 12 major fights in the next year, at least six of them world title bouts, probably on the third Wednesday of every month.
King said that while many of the bouts would feature fighters under his promotional wing, the monthly telecasts would be open to other promoters.
'We have a number of great fighters and they will be spotlighted,' King said. 'But this is not just for Don King fighters. We will use other promoters' fighters. If they have a fight and we think it will make money, we'll show it.'
King's network actually began operation two weeks ago, televising the WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Larry Holmes and No. 1 contender Gerry Cooney from Las Vegas.
'It was our first pay-for-view venture and the results were incredible,' King said. 'We developed a revolutionary disposable trap known as the Notch Filter for non-computerized systems. We sold 50,500 of them and every single one of them worked.'
The Sanchez-Miranda bout matches two of the outstanding 'little' fighters. Sanchez, a 23-year-old native of Mexico, is 42-1-1. He won the title with a 13th-round knockout of Danny 'Little Red' Lopez in February, 1980, and has defended it successfully eight times, including victories over Lopez, Patrick Ford, Ruben Castillo, Juan LaPorte, Roberto Castenon, WBC super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Gomez, Pat Cowdell and most recently Rocky Garcia.
He has not lost since a 12-round decision to Antonio Becerra in September, 1977.
Miranda, a 22-year-old native of Colombia, is incredibly tall for a featherweight at 6-foot-1 and will have a 6-inch height advantage over Sanchez. Miranda, 19-0 with 14 knockouts, has fought exclusively in Colombia. He has knocked out his last four opponents en route to the No. 1 ranking.
Sanchez, who speaks little English, appeared at a news conference Wednesday and said, 'I am happy to be fighting in New York for the first time. I hope to put on a good show for the people here. I understand they know boxing very well and I'm anxious to show what I can do.'
Miranda was delayed in Miami because of visa problems.
King's second show will be on Aug. 18 and will feature Gomez defending his title against Roberto Rubaldino.