DAZN launches in the UK with Billy Joe Saunders against Canelo Alvarez as the first of the boxing line-up
EXCLUSIVE: Streaming giants DAZN launch in the UK with plans to defeat Sky and BT Sport’s dominance of the sports TV market by winning rights for major fights, including Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury III and Premier League coverage
- Streaming service DAZN, the Netflix of sport, will be launched in the UK in May
- Billy Joe Saunders ready to face Canelo Alvarez on May 2 in the first fight shown
- DAZN is also set to bid on the rights to show Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury III
- Viewers are expected to pay around £ 4.99 a month for the service
- DAZN will show 12 fights a year and hope to expand to show the best flying football
DAZN, the so-called Netflix of sport, will be launched in the UK in May – while Billy Joe Saunders is expected to compete against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a delightful first fight on the streaming service.
Sportsmail can reveal that the British platform will expand to more than 200 countries, starting with Canelo’s return to the ring on May 2.
WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders is the leader in the world’s biggest boxing star, although no deal has yet been concluded. The WBA champion of Liverpool, Callum Smith, is also in the mix for the kind of gigantic showdown that both yearn for.
DAZN is scheduled to launch in the UK in May, with Billy Joe Saunders involved in the first fight shown
WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders is set to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 2
The upcoming expansion of DAZN marks a new seismic shift in the British broadcasting landscape, which has been dominated by Sky Sports and BT Sport in recent decades.
DAZN has not been shy in splashing the money since boxing with a $ 1 billion, eight-year deal with Hearn in 2018.
They are likely to continue in this spirit after they have gone global. The expectation is that they will bid to broadcast the trilogy battle between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, reportedly in Las Vagas for July.
DAZN will bid for the rights to show the third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder
The likes of Gennady Golovkin are set to be displayed on DAZN, which is set to cost £ 4.99 per month
Anger is aligned with BT Sport on these shores, but DAZN has shown its rematch victory in five European countries and is likely to test BT’s determination when the two heavyweights collide again.
Amazon Prime recently plunged its toes in the UK market and shows Grand Slam tennis and Premier League football. Now DAZN hopes to break the stranglehold of traditional martial arts broadcasters in this country before expanding its web to other major sports over time – including Premier League football.
Instead of the biggest fights on Pay-Per-View, which can cost up to £ 25 in the UK, DAZN charges a monthly subscription for all of its coverage.
Sources have indicated that viewers from the UK pay around £ 4.99 a month for the service, which will initially show around 12 boxing shows per year.
For that they can watch Canelo, Gennadiy Golovkin, Mikey Garcia and Katie Taylor. Saunders and other boxers signed at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA will also fight at DAZN in the UK.
DAZN also intends to expand to show Premier League football in the future
The streaming service currently also has US and international broadcasting rights for the fights of Anthony Joshua. But the heavyweight world champion is still connected to Matchroom’s British arm, which has an existing deal with Sky Sports. It is understood that Joshua’s contract runs for between one and two years, after which a fight for his services will take place.
Canelo has meanwhile signed a $ 365 million, five-year, eleven combat deal with DAZN in 2018. It was considered the richest contract in sports history and the Mexican superstar is ready to return to the ring during the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
The British Saunders and Smith both see a shot at the four-weight king.
Since its launch in 2016, DAZN has so far been expanded to nine countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
They are currently showing a large number of major sporting events, including the Premier League, Champions League, Bundesliga and the Six Nations.