The platform on which Jake Paul made his pro debut is back in the fold for his latest ring adventure.
Most Valuable Promotions (MVP), Paul's promotional company, revealed global distribution rights for the content creator and unbeaten cruiserweight's upcoming grudge match versus Tommy Fury. DAZN and Fite TV join ESPN+ and BT Sport Box Office among the four primary platforms to distribute their scheduled eight-round pay-per-view main event on Sunday, February 26 from Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The event was already confirmed to be carried on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View in the U.S. and BT Sport Box Office in the U.K. DAZN and Fite TV will serve as the digital distributors for the pay-per-view event in Canada and Brazil.
It will mark the first fight for Paul (6-0, 5KOs) on DAZN since his pro debut, when he flattened fellow content creator AnEsonGib in the opening round of their January 2020 clash during Super Bowl week in Miami Gardens, Florida.
“We are huge fans of Jake at DAZN and are thrilled to be working with MVP once again to broadcast his mega fight versus Tommy Fury on PPV in Canada and Brazil”, said Joseph Markowski, CEO North America, DAZN Group. “This grudge match has been bubbling away for months and is simply unmissable.”
Added Michael Weber, COO of Fite.tv: "The whole world loves boxing, and we’ve seen fans tune in for Jake Paul again and again as we have carried every single PPV fight of his. MVP has been an incredible partner to work with at every step of our relationship. And here's what I know: anyone who still questions that Jake has changed the game will get their answers at this event.”
The show also includes a terrific WBC cruiserweight title fight between defending champ Ilunga 'Junior' Makabu (29-2, 25KOs) and former two-division titlist Badou Jack (27-3-3, 16KOs).
DAZN was boots on the ground for the influx of social media influencers making their way to the ring, dating back to the November 2019 rematch between KSi and Logan Paul, Jake's older brother. Their first fight came as an exhibition bout in August 2018 in the UK, with DAZN serving as the exclusive provider for the sanctioned pro bout at Staples Center (now Crypto.com Arena) in Los Angeles.
Jake Paul made his pro debut just two months later, which marked his lone fight on DAZN. He has since appeared exclusively on PPV, with the rescheduled fight versus Fury (8-0, 4KOs) serving as his fifth consecutive headliner.
The two were previously due to meet atop a December 2021 Showtime PPV from AMALIE Arena in Tampa, only for Manchester's Fury—the younger brother of lineal/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24KOs)—to withdraw due to injury and illness. Paul went on to face Tyron Woodley in a rematch, where he scored a sensational sixth-round knockout.
Efforts to reschedule the bout for last August 6 at Madison Square Garden New York City were dead on arrival. Fury endured a visa issue, joining his father and older brother in the inability to travel to the U.S. The event was subsequently canceled altogether when plans for Paul to face Hasim Rahman, Jr. collapsed due to a weight discrepancy.
Paul resurfaced later in the year, when he outpointed combat sports legend Anderson Silva over eight rounds atop a Showtime PPV last October 29 in Glendale, Arizona. From there came the determination to revisit plans with Fury, with whom a grudge match has been brewing since the Brit's undercard appearance on the Paul-Woodley I August 2021 PPV event in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fury has not fought a sanctioned pro bout since a six-round points win over Daniel Bocianski last April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London. His last ring appearance was a dowgraded exhibition bout versus late replacement Rolly Lambert on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Deji PPV last November 13 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“This fight has been long awaited and because of that, we have seen incredible demand from fans across the globe," said Nakisa Bidarian, co-founder of MVP. "We are grateful and excited to bring Paul vs. Fury to the homes of millions through the support of our esteemed pay-per-view partners."
Below are the full list of global PPV distributors for Paul-Fury:
UNITED STATES: ESPN+ PPV is the exclusive digital distributor for Paul v. Fury in the United States. Additionally, the event will be available via all major cable and satellite pay-per-view providers and will be priced at $49.99. The fight will stream live starting at 2PM ET / 11AM PT.
CANADA: FITE.tv and DAZN are digital distributors of the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view in Canada. The event will also be available via all major cable and satellite pay-per-view providers.
UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND: BT Sport Box Office will be the exclusive pay-per-view distributor in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
EUROPE: FITE.tv will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view throughout all of Europe, excluding UK and Ireland.
AUSTRALIA: Fox Australia’s Main Event will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view in Australia on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
NEW ZEALAND: Sky Arena and Sky Sport will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view in New Zealand.
ASIA (other than the Middle East): FITE.tv will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view throughout Asia.
INDIA: FITE.tv will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view in India.
BRAZIL: FITE.tv and DAZN will distribute the Paul v. Fury pay-per-view in Brazil.
The upcoming fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury is sure to be a historic event for the fighters. With both men having unblemished records, the stakes are high in order to maintain their undefeated status. This match-up marks a critical moment for Paul as it provides him with the opportunity to solidify his position as a legitimate professional boxer. On the other hand, Fury will be looking to make a statement by taking down one of the most talked about boxers in the sport and establishing himself as a top fighter. The tension between these two athletes has been building for years, setting the stage for an explosive battle that will be watched by fans from all over the world. In addition to the main event, the co-main event will feature a clash between former two-weight world champion Badou Jack from Sweden and WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu from Congo and South Africa.