Luke Campbell’s lightweight clash with Ryan Garcia on December 5 will mark the long-awaited launch of DAZN in the UK and around the world.
The streaming service, dubbed the ‘Netflix of sport’, hopes to break the stranglehold of pay-per-view in British boxing. And starting on December 1, the subscription service will initially charge no more than £1.99 a month when they expand to more than 200 territories.
Their first showpiece event will be on the same night as Tyson Fury’s scheduled heavyweight homecoming on BT Sport, but there are plans to ensure the main events will not clash, with Campbell vs Garcia expected to start around midnight in the UK.
Luke Campbell’s (right) lightweight clash with Ryan Garcia will mark the launch of DAZN in UK
Anthony Joshua’s fight with Kubrat Pulev will be shown on DAZN but not in the UK or Ireland
The following week, in all territories except for the UK and Ireland, Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev will also be shown on DAZN. AJ is still under contract with Sky Sports in Britain.
As reported by Sportsmail, DAZN had initially planned to join the UK market on May 2, with a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders slated as the first fight on the platform.
But coronavirus put those plans on hold as boxing’s calendar was thrown into disarray and disputes arose between Canelo, DAZN and his promoters Golden Boy over the Mexican’s next opponent.
Now, the intriguing lightweight battle between London 2012 gold medallist Campbell and Garcia, a rising American star, will mark the start of their coverage in Britain and elsewhere.
American star Garcia faces Olympic gold medallist Campbell in the US on December 5
The interim title fight won’t clash with Tyson Fury’s scheduled homecoming on BT Sport
DAZN currently broadcasts a range of sports in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, Japan and the US.
Back in 2018, they joined forces with Eddie Hearn in a $1billion deal as he launched his Matchroom USA venture.
They have since signed some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Canelo and Gennady Golovkin.
Initially in the UK they will focus on boxing but it’s understood DAZN hold a long-standing ambition to move into other sports, such as Premier League football.
‘From the UK to Mexico to Australia, we’ve seen an encouraging level of interest in our key events since first launching in 2016,’ said DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski. ‘We’re looking forward to introducing the DAZN platform around the world this December with an exciting schedule of fights.’
DAZN will focus on boxing in the UK but have an eye on securing future Premier League rights