Sport On The Box presents a comprehensive guide to when and where to watch your favourite events this weekend.
With so many great sporting events taking place over one bumper weekend – from Froch v Kessler II to the UEFA Champions League Final, Monaco Grand Prix to French Open tennis and the Aviva Premiership Final to Wentworth’s BMW PGA Championship, it is all set to be a unmissable 48 hours for armchair fans.
It’s hard to pick one outstanding event amongst so many, but the super-fight at London’s O2 Arena looks set to top the bill.
Carl Froch is looking to defend his world title and exact revenge on Mikkel Kessler in a mouth-watering clash in London and Sky Sports Box Office has all the action via pay-per-view for £14.95.
The two last met in the latter’s homeland back in 2010 – a fight that will go down as one of the great fights – with Kessler awarded a narrow and controversial points victory at the end of 12 brutal rounds.
These two genuine warriors are already promising more of the same, and any repeat of that toe-to-toe slugfest in Herning would see them etch their names in boxing history as one of ‘the’ great rivalries.
The football season draws to a conclusion with the UEFA Champions League final, as German rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich meet at Wembley, live on both ITV and Sky Sports 1.
There is also the Scottish Cup final on Sunday with Celtic playing Hibernian, while the FA Women’s Cup final returns to terrestrial television for the first time since 2009 as Arsenal take on Bristol Academy for the most prestigious trophy in English women’s football.
Formula 1 roars back into action this week with the staging of the most famous race on the calendar around the tight and twisting streets of Monte-Carlo.
Sebastian Vettel holds a four-point advantage over Kimi Raikkonen in the standings as Red Bull aim for their fourth consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory, exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 and tea-time highlights on BBC One.
European Tour golf’s flagship event reaches its conclusion as all of Europe’s winning team from the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ vie for the BMW PGA Championship trophy at Wentworth, with live coverage on Sky Sports and highlights on BBC Two.
Also this weekend the domestic rugby union season concludes with both the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro12 finals, England play New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley, the Indian Premier League reaches its conclusion, two-weeks of clay court drama commences at Roland Garros and Super League’s Magic Weekend returns to the Etihad Stadium.
Not to mention a brilliant weekend of top class international athletics in Manchester, the climax to cycling’s Giro d’Italia, netball’s Superleague Grand Final, World Superbikes at Donington and the famous Indianapolis 500 race, it all adds up to a manic weekend of TV sport.
Full TV guide below:
Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler II – Sky Box Office
UEFA Champions League Final – ITV / Sky Sports 1
2nd Test: England v New Zealand, Day 2 – Sky Sports 1
Aviva Premiership Final – ESPN
RaboDirect Pro12 Final – BBC Two Wales/NI, BBC Alba
Great Manchester CityGames – BBC One
Super League Magic Weekend – Sky Sports 3
Netball Superleague Grand Final – Sky Sports 4
F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Sky Sports F1
Roland Garros 2013 – ITV / ITV4 / British Eurosport
PGA Championship: Final Round – Sky Sports 2
Scottish Cup Final – BBC One Scotland / Sky Sports 3
FA Women’s Cup Final – BBC Two
Giro d’Italia – Final Stage – British Eurosport
World Superbikes: Donington Park – British Eurosport 2
Indianapolis 500 – ESPN
Saturday 25th May Great Manchester CityGames LIVE: 1.00pm-2.30pm – BBC One Diamond League: New York LIVE: 6.00pm-8.30pm – BBC Red Button Sunday 26th May Great Manchester Run LIVE: 10.00am-12.35pm – BBC Two Sunday 26th May Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Game 3 LIVE: 1.30am-4.00am (Mon) – Sky Sports 1 Saturday 25th May Froch v Kessler II: Live from The O2 LIVE: 8.00pm-1.30am – Sky Sports Box Office (PPV) Saturday 25th May 2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Day 2 LIVE: 10.30pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports 1 LIVE: 6.00pm-7.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm – Channel 5 Sunday 26th May 2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Day 3 LIVE: 10.30pm-6.55pm – Sky Sports 1 Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm – Channel 5 Indian Premier League Final LIVE: 2.45pm-8.00pm – ITV4 Saturday 25th May Giro d’Italia – Stage 20 LIVE: 11.30am-4.30pm – British Eurosport Tour of Belgium – Stage 4 LIVE: 1.00pm-2.30pm – British Eurosport 2 Sunday 26th May Giro d’Italia – Stage 21 LIVE: 2.00-4.30pm – British Eurosport Saturday 25th May Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Final | Kick-off 19:45 LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – ITV LIVE: 6.00pm-10.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D Manchester City v Chelsea Friendly | Kick-off: 22:30 LIVE: 11.00pm-1.00am – ESPN 20 Years of Champions League 3.40pm-5.40pm – ITV4 (rpt) Mourinho 5.40pm-6.45pm – ITV4 (rpt) Sunday 26th May Eredivise Playoff: Utrecht v Twente LIVE: 11.30am-1.30pm – ESPN Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian v Celtic LIVE: 1.05pm-5.20pm – BBC One Scotland LIVE: 2.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 3 Highlights: 10.25pm-11.25pm – BBC One Scotland FA Women’s Cup Final: Arsenal v Bristol Academy LIVE: 2.25pm-5.15pm – BBC Two La Liga: Real Sociedad v Real Madrid LIVE: 6.55pm-9.15pm – Sky Sports 1 Italian Cup Final: Roma v Lazio Delayed: 8.30pm-10.15pm – ESPN Saturday 25th May BMW PGA Championship – Day 3 LIVE: 12.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 2 Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two (8.20pm in Wales, NI) Crowne Plaza Invitaional – Day 3 LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Sunday 26th May BMW PGA Championship – Day 4 LIVE: 12.30pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two Crowne Plaza Invitaional – Day 4 LIVE: 6.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Saturday 25th May Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying LIVE: 12.00pm-3.05pm – Sky Sports F1 Highlights: 5.35pm-6.50pm – BBC One Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3 LIVE: 9.45am-11.10am – Sky Sports F1 GP2 Series: Monaco – Race 2 LIVE: 3.05pm-4.10pm – Sky Sports F1 World Superbikes: Donington Park – Superpole LIVE: 3.00pm-4.10pm – British Eurosport NASCAR Nationwide Series: History 300 LIVE: 7.30pm-10.35pm – Motors TV DTM: German Touring Cars – Round 2/10, Brands Hatch Highlights: 11.10am-11.40am – ITV4 BRDC Formula 4: Round 2, Brands Hatch Highlights: 11.40am-12.40pm – ITV4 Sunday 26th May Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Race LIVE: 11.30am-4.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Highlights: 5.35pm-7.05pm – BBC One IndyCar: Indianapolis 500 LIVE: 4.00pm-8.30pm – ESPN World Superbikes: Donington Park – Race Day LIVE: 11.30am-4.30pm – British Eurosport 2 Porsche Supercup: Monaco LIVE: 8.45am-9.30am – British Eurosport British F3: Silverstone Race 2 – LIVE: 11.55am-12.45pm – Motors TV Race 3 – LIVE: 4.45pm-5.30pm – Motors TV British GT: Silverstone LIVE: 12.45pm-4.10pm – Motors TV VW Racing Cup: Silverstone LIVE: 4.10pm-4.45pm – Motors TV NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Charlotte LIVE: 10.30pm-4.00am – Premier Sports Legends of F1: Gerhard Berger 4.00pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Saturday 25th May Superleague Grand Final: Team Bath v Celtic Dragons LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – Sky Sports 4 Saturday 25th May The Morning Line 8.00am-9.00am – Channel 4 Channel 4 Racing: Haydock, Goodwood & York LIVE: 1.40pm-4.10pm – Channel 4 Haydock, Goodwood, York, Chester LIVE: 12.30pm-5.30pm – Racing UK Ffos Las & Curragh LIVE: 1.15pm-8.30pm – At The Races Evening Racing: Cartmel LIVE: 5.30pm-9.30pm – Racing UK Sunday 26th May Fontwell, Uttoxeter & Curragh LIVE: 1.15pm-5.45pm – At The Races Kelso & Longchamp LIVE: 1.30pm-5.30pm – Racing UK Saturday 25th May Aviva Premiership Final: Leicester v Northampton LIVE: 2.00pm-5.30pm – ESPN Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am – ITV4 Highlights: 10.30pm-12am – Sky Sports 3 Top 14 Semi Final: Clermont Auvergne v Castres LIVE: 3.25pm-5.30pm – Premier Sports RaboDirect Pro12 Final: Ulster v Leinster LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Two NI LIVE: 4.40pm-6.35pm – BBC Alba Super Rugby Blues v Brumbies – 8.30am Western Force v Highlanders – 10.30am Southern Kings v Cheetahs – 2pm Stormers v Reds – 4pm LIVE: Sky Sports 4 Sunday 26th May England v Barbarians – International LIVE: 12.30pm-2.55pm – Sky Sports 4 Aviva Premiership Final: Leicester v Northampton Highlights: 11.45pm-12.45am – ITV Super League Magic Weekend Saturday 25th May Dragons v Panthers – NRL LIVE: 8.30am-10.30am – Premier Sports Roosters v Storm – NRL LIVE: 10.30am-12.30pm – Premier Sports Catalans Dragons v London Broncos LIVE: 11.55am-2.00pm – Sky Sports 3 Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats LIVE: 2.00pm-4.15pm – Sky Sports 3 Hull FC v Hull KR LIVE: 4.15pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 3 St Helens v Warrington Wolves LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – Sky Sports 3 Sunday 26th May Warriors v Knights – NRL LIVE: 5.00am-7.00am – Premier Sports Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings LIVE: 2.55pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports 4 Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants LIVE: 5.00pm-7.15pm – Sky Sports 4 Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors LIVE: 7.15pm-9.30pm – Sky Sports 4 Saturday 25th May ATP Power Horse Cup Final: Monaco v Nieminen LIVE: 11.00am-1.00pm – British Eurosport 2 ATP Open de Nice Final: Montanes v Monfils Delayed: 6.00pm-8.00pm – ESPN WTA Brussels Open Final: Kanepi v Hampton Delayed: 7.00pm-9.00pm – British Eurosport WTA Strasbourg Int’l Final: Cornet v Hradecka Delayed: 8.00pm-10.00pm – ESPN Sunday 26th May ROLAND GARROS – Day 1 LIVE: 9.25am-2.45pm – ITV4 / 11.30am-6.30pm – ITV LIVE: 9.30am-2.00pm & 4.30pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport LIVE: 4.30pm-8.00pm – British Eurosport 2 Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am – ITV4 Saturday 25th May UFC 160: Velasquez v Bigfoot II LIVE: 1.00am-6.00am (Sun) – ESPN Saturday 25th May St Kilda v Western Bulldogs LIVE: 7.30am-10.30am – ESPN Brisbane Lions v Carlton Blues LIVE: 10.30am-1.30pm – ESPN Sunday 26th May North Melbourne Kangaroos v Adelaide Crows LIVE: 6.00am-9.00am – ESPN . .
FOOTBALL – International Friendlies – ITV / Sky / Various
RACING – Investec Derby Festival – Channel 4
RUGBY UNION – Lions Tour of Australia – Sky Sports
TENNIS – French Open – ITV / ITV4 / British Eurosport
CRICKET – 2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Sky Sports
MOTORSPORT – Isle of Man TT – ITV4
CYCLING – Criterium du Dauphine – British Eurosport