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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July 2005, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Hatton, Calzaghe and Khan on ITV
Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton
Promoter Frank Warren has signed a deal with ITV to bring professional boxing back to terrestrial television.

ITV will broadcast 20 shows a year, including IBF light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton and WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe.

The first show will feature the pro debut of Olympic hero Amir Khan.

Khan features on the undercard of Matt Skelton's British heavyweight title defence against Danny Williams at the Bolton Arena on 16 July.

On 23 July, British and Commonwealth super featherweight champion Alex Arthur will attempt to win the European title against Boris Sinitsin at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium.

Warren spent 14 years at ITV, delivering some of the biggest names in British boxing including Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn and Naseem Hamed.

Just imagine what kind of figures exciting fighters like Hatton and Calzaghe will pull in
Promoter Frank Warren

He and his Sports Network outfit moved to Sky Sports in 1995 but the return to ITV of new controller of sport Mark Sharman, a keen boxing fan, prompted Warren's return.

Warren said: "We saw the huge potential of boxing on ITV when we promoted the Amir Khan-Mario Kindelan rematch in May.

"It delivered fantastic TV ratings - to the tune of 6.3m viewers - that beat everything else that night and is the biggest Saturday night viewership this year.

"Just imagine what kind of figures exciting fighters like Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe will pull in."

Also on Warren's books are WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison and WBO cruiserweight king Johnny Nelson.

Mick Hennessy-promoted British, European and Commonwealth light welterweight champion Junior Witter will fight live on ITV on 9 July.

Meanwhile, Sky is to continue its commitment to boxing and will cherry-pick big fights.

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