DAZN Set Their Sights on Buying BT Sport – Here’s How It Will Affect Boxing Fans

Published 09/19/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
Eddie Hearn during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


DAZN is looking to buy their fellow broadcaster BT Sport. In a bid to establish a strong foothold in the UK, DAZN will look to broadcast Premier League matches. The English Premier League is the most-watched and the most popular football league in the world.

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Taking over the rights for the Premier League by buying BT Sport would make DAZN one of the biggest broadcasters in the nation. Just earlier this year, DAZN signed a five-year deal with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn to cover their boxing events. Hence, this shows their intent to wipe out the competition.

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“We would love to have EPL ultimately, how we get there, there are many paths to get there. I’m philosophical about it, whatever makes most sense. BT Sport is a great business.” DAZN chairman Kevin Mayer said when asked about DAZN buying BT Sport.

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Currently, BT Sport holds the rights to some of the most-watched events in the UK. The Champions League, English Premier League, Europa League, and the Gallagher Premiership rugby.

Such a takeover would mean a change in the ownership clause for which the Premier League will have to be asked for approval. Hence, there is a chance that ‘The Netflix of Sport’ may become the place to watch boxing matches as well for fans in the UK.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

If they do end up acquiring the rights to the Premier League and BT Sport, it will only be a matter of time until they secure deals for other major boxing and sports event broadcasting rights in the UK. Hence, the viewing experience for boxing fans may change completely.

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Next Boxing event on DAZN – Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in his second title defense since winning his belts back from ‘The Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua, who will face Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will put his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts on the line against the Ukrainian sensation.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Will he be able to recreate the dominance he displayed against Kubrat Pulev in 2020? Or will Usyk emulate Andy Ruiz Jr? Who do you think will win on September 25? Where will you be watching the fight?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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