A little less than a month before the official start to its 2019 fight calendar, Brave Combat Federation has announced a deal with TV5. The partnership will start with the broadcast of Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, which Filipino fans will now be able to watch it live in the biggest sports channel in the country. Both parties are excited about this deal’s potential as they announced details and talked about it in a press conference held this week in Manila.
Vincent “Chot” Reyes, TV5 president who has a long association with sports having coached the Filipino basketball national team to historic results, was appreciative of the opportunity that Brave provides to local athletes and agreed that people in the Philippines deserve to get to know more of its Brave stars, such as Stephen Loman, Jeremy Pacatiw, Harold Banario, among others.
“As you all know, ESPN5 is the biggest sports channel in the Philippines. And that’s not just down to trying to beat everyone else, but it is also to look and promote hidden gems of Filipino sports. This partnership with Brave is meant to promote our warriors, and on March 15th, everyone here will have the chance to watch live the likes of Stephen Loman. We’re very proud to be partnering with Brave and proud in our role in developing sports all over the world and with Filipino athletes”.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shahid, Brave president, talked about the opportunity that this deal provides for Brave local fighters to be recognized in their own country, and praised the Filipino warriors for their willingness to defend their flag around the world as they have done in the past.
“A lot of promotions use their local stars only when they go to their backyard. We don’t. We make sure to make this a global event, and these Filipino warriors have defended their flag all over the world. Stephen Loman has faced and beaten tough fighters from Brazil, Ireland, and India. Jeremy Pacatiw has beaten a Brazilian prospect in Brazil. People ask me why they’re not known here, but they will be now. They are known all over the world and will now have the chance to be known here”.
Brave 22 is set to take place at the iconic Mall of Asia Arena, on March 15th. In the main event of the evening, Filipino hero Stephen Loman defends his Bantamweight crown against Elias Boudegzdame, while American standout Jose Torres makes his promotional debut against undefeated Amir Albazi.