King in the Ring to Show Live on Australian Television

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Exposing the event to upwards of twenty million potential viewers, Saturday's King in the Ring tournament will be shown live on Australian channel Fuel TV with replays the following week on FOX.

The announcement came today just four days out from the event's second effort in the 86kg division.

Promoter Arna Suttie said the deal is a victory for the sport.

"It’s great for the sport and that was our objective for King in the Ring, to make our hard working and talented fighters into sports stars," she said. "Jason [Suttie, promoter] enjoyed and still enjoys this aspect of his career so he wanted to share that with the next generation. I think we are achieving this in New Zealand and now Australia. One step closer to world domination."

Suttie said the significantly larger audience puts more pressure on the promotion, but she is confident of a successful event.

"The pressure of live TV is always a bit nerve racking but this is our tenth King in the Ring, so we have it running like clockwork. We have a great production team so I have faith everything will run perfectly."

Saturday's card also has an international flavour with the King in the Ring debut of 'The Last Stylebender' Israel Adesanya, coming off a TKO victory over Charles August in their WMC World Title Fight.

"I’m also excited to have Israel on the card. Like I said about testing our boys, he’s been out there competing on the international stage so it’ll be good to see our local fighters go up against him.

Six time world champion and promoter of King in the Ring, Jason 'Psycho' Suttie, said the success of the event was more than he ever anticipated.

"It’s bigger than I dreamed for King in the Ring. I never wanted to stop fighting but now I’m feeling alive again from the fight game," he said.

As head coach of several of the undercard competitors as well as King in the Ring hopeful Pati 'The Arsenal' Afoa, Suttie will likely miss a lot of the action.

"I’m so excited, the only sadness in me is that I can’t sit down ringside and watch it," he said.

However that pain will be soothed with the knowledge that Suttie could catch a replay of the event on Australian network television.

"They've locked us in for the November show as well so if ratings are good, here’s hoping they’ll extend that to next year too."


 

Jason and Arna Suttie have a long history of making charity a central part of their King in the Ring events. Any promoter in the country can tell you about the difficulties of breaking even in the fight game, so this spirit of giving is particularly impressive in such a precarious business. Please check out their message below about the chosen charity for the King in the Ring 86II, Kia Ora Gaza.

Here at ETK we don’t do politics, but we do charity! We know that no matter who you are and where you are from, if you’re hard done by and you’re down, then you deserve a helping land. While staying away from the complex politics of wars and the Middle East, we know that too many (more than 600) children have died in Gaza in recent fighting. One child is one child too many! We are all mothers and fathers and we cannot imagine the pain of these families. So we are helping a solid bunch of Kiwis who go by the name of Kia Ora Gaza in their medical appeal for Gaza by way of supporting the sale of fundraising t shirts. 80% of Gaza rely on humanitarian aid to survive, so we’re using the show to help spread the word and help get medical aid to hospitals in this time of war.

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