DAZN, an on-demand sports streaming service, today announced the details of its expansion into the U.S.
This follows parent company Perform Group’s joint venture with Matchroom Boxing, one of the world's leading boxing promoters, and a nine-figure multiyear global distribution agreement with Bellator MMA.
The first-ever fight night will be headlined by heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin as the two battle for Joshua’s WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO titles on Sept. 22 live from Wembley Stadium in London.
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director, announced plans for an Oct. 6 card at Wintrust Arena in Chicago featuring new signings and former world titleholders Jessie Vargas and Demetrius Andrade as well as world-rated heavyweight Jarrell Miller, in separate bouts. The card will also include IBF light heavyweight titlist Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Johnson and WBO, IBF women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor vs. Cindy Serrano.
"In my opinion, this is the greatest thing to happen to boxing in America in a long, long time," Hearn said.
At today’s event, Hearn announced the signings of WBO super lightweight titlist Maurice Hooker, WBA super bantamweight titlist Daniel Roman and several promising American amateurs to Matchroom U.S.A.
“We launched DAZN to disrupt the status quo and change the way the world sees sports,” said James Rushton, DAZN CEO. “When you get DAZN, you’ll get all the fights; we won’t stash our best matchups for PPV, linear TV or a higher-tier package. And you’re going to get the entire card live, no matter the time zone and without constraints for one affordable price.”
“DAZN is Perform Group’s most ambitious undertaking to date and we have big plans as a global streaming leader,” said John Skipper, Perform Group Executive Chairman. “In the last two years we’ve expanded into seven countries across three continents attracting millions of subscribers and creating long-term global partnerships with the best in the industry to bring our fans what they want at an affordable price.”