HOUSTON, TX – MAY 09: Canelo Alvarez of Mexico (L) delivers a punch to James Kirkland during their super welterweight bout at Minute Maid Park on May 9, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions are bringing a whole lot of boxing to the ESPN airwaves.

The two companies announced Thursday a multi-year agreement that will televise 18 fights in 2017 alone and more in subsequent years. The first fight will air March 23 on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, and subsequent bouts are scheduled every two or three weeks from then through December. Fighters have not yet been announced.

In a press release, ESPN executive Burke Magnus promised “exciting world-class matches, along with a deep and wide variety of studio and digital content.”

All 18 fights will air on ESPN Deportes, and 12 of them will also air on ESPN2.

In addition to the fights, ESPN will also air a series of half-hour interviews with fighters, a series called Mano-a-Mano that highlights fighters’ training and podcasts hosted by Golden Boy founder Oscar de la Hoya and others.

“ESPN is a flagship network with a history of showcasing and bringing audiences into the world of boxing, making this deal a natural fit for Golden Boy Promotions,” Oscar De La Hoya said in a press release. “Having worked with ESPN in the past, we know first-hand that its multiple TV and digital platforms represent a must-watch for casual and die-hard sports fans.”

ESPN is already cross-promoting the new series, with a just-published article on ESPN.com suggesting “Fights we’d like to see on ‘Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.'”

ESPN’s boxing coverage has been light lately, and the network has no scheduled fights with Premier Boxing Champions. This new agreement with Golden Boy seems to be the Worldwide Leader’s reentry into the sport.

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