DAZN Kicks Off Stacked Fall Lineup of Boxing and MMA Withheavyweight Title Fight: Anthony Joshua Vs. Alexander Povetkin
Live and on-demand sports streaming service launches in U.S. with premium combat sports offering for $9.99 a month starting September with one-month free trial
NEW YORK(18 Jul 2018)
DAZN, the world’s largest dedicated live and on- demand sports streaming service,today announced the details of its expansion into the U.S. This follows parent company Perform Group’s $1 billionjoint venture with Matchroom Boxing, one of the world's leading boxing promoters, and a nine-figure multiyearglobal distribution agreement with Bellator MMA, a leading global combat sports franchise owned by Viacom. Thefirst-ever fight night will be headlined by heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and Alexander "TheRussian Warrior” Povetkin as the two battle for Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO titles on Sept. 22 live from Wembley Stadium in London.
Scott Coker, Bellator President and CEO, announced today the invited participants and some of the matchups forits stacked Welterweight Grand Prix. The tournament begins with Douglas Lima taking on Andrey Koreshkov as part of the star-studded “Bellator: Mousasi vs. MacDonald” event on Sept. 29 from the SAP Center in San Jose.Additional fights in the tournament include Jon Fitch vs. Neiman Gracie and Ed Ruth vs. Yaro Umasov. The 10-fighter tournament will play out over the next year exclusively on DAZN.
Additionally, Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director, announced plans for a stacked Oct. 6 card atWintrust Arena in Chicago featuring new signings and former world titleholders Jessie Vargas and DemetriusAndrade as well as world-rated heavyweight Jarrell Miller, in separate bouts. The card will also include IBF lightheavyweight titlist Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Johnson and WBO, IBF women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylorvs. Cindy Serrano. At today’s event, Hearn announced the signings of WBO super lightweight titlist MauriceHooker, WBA super bantamweight titlist Daniel Roman and several promising American amateurs to MatchroomU.S.A.
Going live in the U.S. on Sept. 10, the Over-the-Top (OTT) sports streaming service made by fans, for fans, will bereshaping the way fans experience the sports they love by making the viewing experience simpler, moreaffordable and more accessible to all – starting with fight sports. The global streaming platform with millions ofsubscribers will provide viewers with unlimited access to premium sports content anytime, anywhere for a singlesubscription price of $9.99 per month following a one-month free trial. All matches streamed on the service will be available both live and on-demand, on a wide range of connected devices, including smart TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets and game consoles.
“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 ahigher-tier package. And you’re going to get the entire card live, no matter the time zone and without constraints forone affordable price.”
As the first global pure sports OTT platform, DAZN will be embarking on its September launch with a stacked lineup of 70+ fights – more than one fight night a week on average – through partnerships with Matchroom BoxingU.S.A., Bellator MMA and the World Boxing Super Series. Fans will also enjoy access to a robust contentportfolio ranging from new shows premiering on the service, behind-the-scenes features leading up to big eventsand real-time news stories about the upcoming matchups, making it a must-have for fight fans in the U.S.
“DAZN is Perform Group’s most ambitious undertaking to date and we have big plans as a global streamingleader,” said John Skipper, Perform Group Executive Chairman. “In the last two years we’ve expanded into sevencountries 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.”
Fight fans who take advantage of DAZN’s one-month free trial just ahead of Sept. 22 will be treated to the following fight nights already scheduled:
- Sept. 22 – Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin
- Sept. 29 – Bellator: Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald
- Oct. 6 – Card featuring Jessie Vargas, Demetrius Andrade
- Oct. 12 – Bellator: Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader***
*** Simulcast with Paramount Network
For more information on the fight cards, visit www.matchroomboxing.com and www.bellator.com.
Additionally, fight fans will feel right at home as International Boxing Hall of Fame fight announcer and the “voiceof champions” Michael Buffer will be partnering with DAZN and Matchroom to bring his iconic “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” call to all fight nights as part of the joint venture.
Fight sports is just the first chapter in DAZN’s multisport plans for the U.S. The platform, which first launched inEurope and Asia two years ago, has developed long-term relationships with rights holders around the world,including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, EPL and UEFA among others. The sports streaming service has ambitious plans to expand the portfolio as more rights become available and make DAZN the true sports fan’s home, offeringsports content from all over the world that’s viewable anytime, anywhere at one affordable rate. DAZN is alreadyavailable as a multisport service in markets including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and mostrecently Italy. Fans can pre-register for the subscription service on www.DAZN.com, as well as receive news aboutthe platform and the sports and games it will show. They can also follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels@DAZNUSA on Facebook and @DAZN_USA for Instagram and Twitter.
DAZN is a live and on-demand sports streaming service that is leading the charge to give sports fans around theworld access to sport anytime, anywhere. Using cutting-edge technology from Perform Group, DAZNguarantees no long- term contract, no bundles, just one affordable price for access to all of the service’s sportson most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. DAZN has beencreated by fans, for fans, to show there is a better and fairer way to watch sport. DAZN is available in Germany,Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and soon to be launched in the U.S. and Italy.
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