Anthony Joshua’s much-anticipated rematch against Oleksandr Usyk ‘to be shown on Sky Sports Box Office in £28m deal’… despite the British heavyweight’s new contract with streaming service DAZN
- Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is set to be shown by Sky Sports
- The broadcaster has reportedly beaten streaming service DAZN for the fight
- It comes despite Joshua recently turning his back on Sky to sign with DAZN
Anthony Joshua’s highly anticipated rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is to be shown on Sky Sports Box Office – despite the British heavyweight signing a lucrative deal with streaming service DAZN last month.
Sportsmail previously reported the 32-year-old’s promoter Eddie Hearn negotiated a £100million deal with DAZN spread over five years – with Joshua turning his back on Sky Sports.
However, as reported by the Telegraph, Sky Sports have won a bidding contest with DAZN to show the bout which takes place on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Sky Sports have reportedly won the rights to show Anthony Joshua’s bout with Oleksandr Usyk
It’s said that Sky Sports have edged out their rivals to show Joshua’s attempt at recapturing the world heavyweight titles he lost last year, with a bid worth around £28million.
Joshua and his Ukrainian opponent Usyk are expected to share a purse of at least £100million.
Despite the bout being arguably the most important of Joshua’s career, it was not included in his deal with DAZN.
Hearn previously said: ‘This fight is outside of the the DAZN deal, the long-term DAZN deal, because the rights are owned by the site effectively, so that’ll be negotiated separately.’
Joshua’s contract with DAZN didn’t cover his upcoming match with Usyk in Saudi Arabia
After putting pen to paper last month, Joshua said: ‘I am entering a new phase in my career with a new training environment, new coaches and now a new broadcaster.
‘Negotiations at this level take time so I am pleased to have it all wrapped up and now I can fully focus on giving the fans and DAZN what they want, knockouts in the glamour division.
‘I’ve been working with DAZN and following its progress for a long time. We have enjoyed a really successful partnership in the US for many years and I know the team and understand the passion and drive of the business.
Joshua will be looking for revenge on his loss last September on August 20 in Saudi Arabia
‘DAZN’s vision and passion to innovate is what attracted me to the partnership. They are leading the digital landscape in sport and the future of sports broadcasting. I am really looking forward to a long and successful partnership.’
Joshua had a separate contract to show his fights exclusively on Sky Sports, but that expired after his first fight against Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
The Watford-born star was then the subject of a bidding war in which he pledged his allegiance to Hearn’s new project with DAZN.
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