HBO didn't want the Wladimir Klitschko-Samuel Peter fight and Showtime appeared to be lukewarm to the idea, too, citing a schedule conflict.
Step right up ESPN. ESPN.com reported that Klitschko's K2 Promotions company signed an agreement with ESPN to air the September 11 rematch at Frankfurt Germany's Commerzbank Arena between Klitschko and Peter.
ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" duo of Kenny Albert and Teddy Atlas will call the action.
The fight will air live on ESPN3.com and via same-day tape delay on ESPN Deportes and a September 12 delay on ESPN.
It's a rematch years in the making. When the two first fought in Atlantic City in 2005 in an IBF and WBO eliminator match, Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) scored a unanimous-decision victory (114-111 three times) over Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) despite getting knocked down three times.
Peter wasn't actually the original opponent. Alexander Povetkin was slated to fight Klitschko, but pulled out last week on the advice of trainer Atlas, who said he wasn't ready.
Povetkin was the IBF No.1 contender and when he pulled out.
Peter, who was No.2 in the IBF rankings after a second-round knockout of Nagy Aguilera last March, stepped up to take the challenge after Povetkin's withdrawal.