Two leading American middleweight contenders have agreed to clash in a fresh twist on combat sports, reports FightHype.

Gabriel Rosado and Brian Vera have reportedly signed to fight on August 16 in a new sport called Big-Knockout Boxing, which was sanctioned earlier this year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The Commission regulates sports within Las Vegas and helps to appoint boxing officials to bouts held in the area.

The idea was created and developed by DIRECTV, an American satellite service provider and broadcasted, who are reportedly going to make the protracted bout pay-per-view for viewers in America.

It could be the latest sport to tackle the popularity of boxing, with the emergence of UFC both in the UK and overseas during recent times.

In a move to focus on more intense fight action fighters go head-to-head on a surface known as ‘The Pit’ which is circular, without ropes and more compact than a traditional boxing ring.

Bouts consist of seven two-minute rounds and fighters use purposely designed gloves with minimal padding on the knuckle area. Besides this, standard rules of boxing will apply.

DIRECTV have held preliminary talks with a number of venues in Las Vegas, with Mandalay Bay the front-runner to host the Rosado-Vera bout. The company have even discussed constructing their own purpose-built arena for Big-Time Boxing.

Rosado’s protracted clash with Vera will be the inaugural fight in a series DIRECTV hope to run between now and 2015, which will prove an acid test as to how popular the sport can become.

A likely outlet for the footage of all Big-Time Boxing fights would be DIRECTV’s own subscription service it has been developing.

In a statement released after the sport was sanctioned, those backing the invention believe it has the credentials to succeed: “The BKB format offers a new level of fighting intensity, pushing fighters to engage in offense from start to finish, and delivers an experience that both casual and hard core fight fans have never seen before,” said Paul Guyardo, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for DIRECTV.

“The incredible support we’ve received from the Governor and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is a critical step in BKB’s ongoing evolution.”

It remains to be seen whether any other professional boxers will take up the new venture, or indeed whether it will catch on with the combat sport public.

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