The Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch was the event streamed most by DAZN subscribers in 2019.
According to a viewership list released Tuesday morning by DAZN, Joshua-Ruiz II was watched by more DAZN subscribers in nine countries combined than any other sporting event it offered last year. DAZN didn’t provide specific viewership figures for the Joshua-Ruiz rematch or any of the other nine events that rounded out the streaming service’s top 10 for 2019.
Four of the events in DAZN’s top 10 for individual viewership were boxing matches. The six other events in the top 10 were soccer matches.
Canelo Alvarez’s 11th-round knockout of Sergey Kovalev in their light heavyweight title fight November 2 in Las Vegas came in at No. 4 on the list, second among boxing events. The KSI-Logan Paul rematch ranked number five overall, five spots ahead of Alvarez’s unanimous-decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight title unification fight May 4 in Las Vegas.
Joshua’s first fight versus Ruiz, one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history, didn’t crack the top 10. Ruiz dropped Joshua four times and stopped the previously unbeaten British superstar in the seventh round of that June 1 bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.
England’s Joshua avenged that TKO defeat to Southern California’s Ruiz by out-boxing his out-of-shape opponent on his way to winning a 12-round unanimous decision December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
DAZN’s list is based on total viewership in each of the nine markets within which it is available. Those markets include Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
Below is the list of DAZN’s most-watched sporting events of 2019:
1. Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. II (December 7)
2. UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs. Liverpool (June 1)
3. UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs. Barcelona (May 7)
4. Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev (November 2)
5. KSI vs. Logan Paul II (November 9)
6. UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs. Bayern Munich (October 1)
7. Serie A: Milan vs. Internazionale (September 21)
8. UEFA Champions League: Ajax vs. Tottenham (May 8)
9. UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Liverpool (May 1)
10. Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs (May 4)
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.