Eddie Hearn and Matchroom agree ‘ground-breaking’ contract with DAZN ‘worth well into NINE figures’ to end Sky Sports deal
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have agreed a record-breaking deal with streaming service DAZN to replace Sky Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK, according to reports.
Hearn had held an exclusive UK and Ireland deal with Sky Sports since 2012, extending it by six years in 2015 and showcasing 120 fights a year.
However, the five-year deal he has signed with DAZN strengthens his growing relationship with the broadcaster and will see many of Matchroom’s premium fighters added to the schedule.
Mike Coppinger of The Athletic reports the ‘ground-breaking deal is worth well into nine figures guaranteed’ and will come into place from July 1.
There are two more shows for Sky Sports and Matchroom Boxing, with Joshua Buatsi headlining a card at the AO Arena in Manchester on May 15, with the final Sky Sports show taking place in June.
The partnership does not include either Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte, with both heavyweight superstars needing to negotiate deals separately if they wish to appear on DAZN in the UK.
Joshua’s heavyweight title clash with Tyson Fury will be shown on both Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office in the UK – the first time ever.
The first fight will be shown on DAZN worldwide elsewhere as Joshua has a contract of his own with the broadcaster, but it will be on ESPN+ PPV in the US.
Since Joshua is not involved in Matchroom’s new UK deal with DAZN, he could well fight on Sky Sports again even after the proposed double-header against Fury.