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Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Go Face To Face

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin will be aired on the streaming platform DAZN on Sept. 22 as part of the U.S. debut of the service, promoters announced Tuesday. (photos by Ed Mulholland).

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The fight will be the first of a promised 70 live events on the service over the next year that will be available at a charge of $9.99 a month. The shows will feature both fights and Bellator MMA fights, said James Rushton, the CEO of DAZN.

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“We’re going to provide pay-per-view quality shows without the pain of pay-per-view,” Rushton said. “It’s all going to be part of an affordable monthly fee.”

Joshua and Povetkin joined executives of the streaming company and Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, to announce the debut telecast. Matchroom, which promotes Joshua, will provide fighters for the cards the company will stream.

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“Everything we do is new and great, so it was only right we’d be part of this,” Joshua said.

In recent years most big boxing matches have been televised in the U.S. either by the premium cable networks Showtime and HBO or sold on pay-per-view through one of the two networks. ESPN signed a deal with promoter Top Rank last year to air many of those fights, and has launched a streaming service of its own to show fights and other events at $4.99 a month.

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Hearn said the fight card between Joshua and Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London will be followed by an Oct. 6 card from Chicago featuring Jesse Vargas and women’s fighter Katie Taylor, and an Oct. 20 card in Los Angeles headlined by super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman.

“In my opinion, this is the greatest thing to happen to boxing in America in a long, long time,” Hearn said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Soultrane on 07-21-2018

I saw odds for Povetkin via decision at 28-1 Those are Buster Douglas in Tokyo numbers. I think I might drop some dough on it. You could get a years salary with that. Here's my reasoning. 1) Common Opponents. Going…

Comment by Someone88 on 07-21-2018

This is a great fight! Cannot wait for it!

Comment by Blond Beast on 07-19-2018

All I know is if it’s true that they were only giving Wilder a flat rate and no percentage, they didn’t want the fight. Make millions fighting big underdogs, makes sense. Even if they beat Wilder, Then what? Just better…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=TreJac;18946891]Ring Magazine Top Ten Heavyweights (1) Joshua (2) Wilder (3) Povetkin (4) Parker (5) Ortiz (6) Whyte (7) Breazeale (8) Miller (9) Kownacki (10) Fury Joshua Has fought 5 of 9 top fighters in the division & that's not including…

Comment by Floydushka on 07-19-2018

Povetkin's right hand knuckle is a scare.

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