Boxing fans have never had it so good in the UK, with Sky Sports, BT Sport and DAZN all investing massive sums of money into the sport.
DAZN’s new five-year deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing means we now have three major domestic players all regularly broadcasting the sport.
Great news if you want to watch fights on TV or stream on a multitude of different available devices and platforms.
Furyjoshua.com gives the latest on the UK landscape, and details of the major fights coming up that you can watch on TV.
This guide is not intended to be exhaustive - it tells you when the major events are taking place, and where you can watch them:
September 25, 2021 (London - Sky Sports Box Office)
September 25, 2021 (Cardiff - Fightzone)
October 1, 2021 (Milan - DAZN)
October 2, 2021 (London - Sky Sports)
October 4, 2021 (New York - FITE TV)
October 9, 2021 (Liverpool - DAZN)
October 9, 2021 (Las Vegas - BT Sport Box Office)
October 9, 2021 (Birmingham - BT Sport)
October 16, 2021 (Newcastle - Sky Sports)
October 16, 2021 (Fresno - DAZN)
October 23, 2021 (Atlanta - Sky Sports)
October 30, 2021 (London - DAZN)
December 18, 2021 (Glasgow - Sky Sports)
December 18, 2021 (Manchester - DAZN)
Sky Sports: The biggest and best UK boxing broadcaster for the last 30 years. Most of the sport’s great names have fought on Sky at some stage, and the good news is boxing on the platform will continue despite Hearn and Matchroom moving to DAZN.
Sky responded to the loss of Matchroom by swiftly inking deals with Bob Arum’s Top Rank and relatively new UK promotional outfit Boxxer.
The Top Rank deal means a slew of world stars such as welterweight king Terence Crawford, lightweights Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomacheko and bantamweight prodigy Naoya Inoue will all be on TV in the UK in the coming years.
While heavyweight king Tyson Fury is co-promoted by Top Rank, he is not part of the Sky deal. He is promoted by Frank Warren and Queensberry in the UK and his fights air on BT Sport.
Sky does still have world heavyweight king Anthony Joshua under contract for one more fight - against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 (pay-per-view on Sky Sports Box Office).
Joshua is not part of the DAZN/Matchroom pact in the UK and his impending broadcast free agency is likely to spark a massive bidding war.
DAZN: Owned by the UK’s richest man Sir Leonard Blavatnik (valued at £23billion per recent Sunday Times Rich List), launched in the UK last December.
Now has a five-year global deal with Hearn and Matchroom, which includes a minimum of 16 UK shows per year plus all Matchroom shows outside the UK.
The Hearn stable boasts superstars like P4P king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (on a fight-by-fight basis), Katie Taylor and Joshua Buatsi as well as young stars like Devin Haney.
Was launched with a cost of £1.99 per month, though that price point is rising to £7.99 per month.
Has been opposed to pay-per-view so far, though it does have a flexible pricing model in the United States where subscribers can pay $19.99 per month or $99 for an annual subscription.
BT Sport: Has invested strongly into boxing in recent years, and has broadcast all of the aforementioned Fury’s fights since his comeback in 2018.
Has a strong partnership with Warren and Queensberry, and as well as Fury this includes his fellow heavyweights Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois, light-heavies Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde and IBF flyweight king Sunny Edwards.
Another bonus for fight fans is that BT regularly broadcasts UFC shows, though the bigger fights (think Conor McGregor) are - like Fury - on the pay-per-view Box Office platform.