DAZN, which is also pronounced as “Da Zone,” is a subscription service dedicated solely to sports. The UK-based company has been around for just a few years but is already showing they will be able to provide plenty of great sports events. Among their 8,000 sports events offered annually is boxing and they will be able to offer a lot of fights within the United States.
The company officially launched in 2015 from London, England. The sports entertainment network initially planned to offer its streaming media, video on demand, and internet television sports programs in Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland. Italy and the United States were scheduled to receive exclusive sports content after that.
As the company continues its initial launch, they are also working out deals with various sports promotions. Bellator mixed martial arts is one of the fight sports that the network will offer. However, they are also bringing a great deal of boxing to American viewers thanks to a new business association with Matchroom Boxing.
In May 2018, the network entered into the major broadcasting deal along with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotion. Through this estimated $1 billion deal, the network can now stream 32 cards per year on the newer American version of their service. The groundbreaking deal was set up for two years to bring 16 British Sky Sports PPV cards and 16 events from the United States. The US-based boxing cards are presented under the Matchroom Boxing USA banner.
Possible fighters and first US main event
With the deal comes the potential for some major fighters and cards. While unconfirmed, one of the fighters who has been linked up with Perform, the owners of the sports network, is Anthony Joshua. Deontay Wilder is another boxing star who has been mentioned as having a possible fight and maybe the newer sports network could carry his event. As Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing deal is still fresh, he’s in the process of trying to sign some major names for the network.
One of the first major main events that the network could show in the United States is the anticipated Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin fight. As of June 2018, a deal had not yet been finalized, but it was known that Joshua’s WBA heavyweight title defense was scheduled for September 22. Speculation started to build that this fight would be a major way for the network to launch for US viewers. It would be the perfect event to capture the attention of the American audience and get the service streaming in more homes worldwide.
DAZN would blow the boxing world away by announcing a $300M ten fight deal with the Sport’s biggest Pay-Per-View star, Canelo. All of Canelo’s fights will now be available to stream via a regular DAZN subscription. Previously, fans had been asked to pay up to $80 to watch his fights on HBO PPV.
DAZN currently offer two different subscriptions. You can pay $19.99/month or just $99.99 for an entire year. The annual plan works out at just $8.33/month.
The streaming and video on demand service gives viewers plenty of options to watch their content on different devices. The service is available to viewers through computers, mobile phones or tablets, set-top boxes, select video game systems, and smart TVs. Each of these devices requires a different app, channel, or set-up to watch the content.
To watch streaming content online through a laptop or personal computer, viewers can head to the http://watch.dazn.com website on an internet browser. To use the service on a mobile device, viewers will need to download an app through Google Play Store (for Android) or through Apple’s App Store (for iOS).
In addition, the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Chromecast, and Roku are all supported devices. Viewers will need to add or install an app or channel on their specific device in order to watch the streaming and on-demand content. More details for how to watch on different devices is available through the DAZN website.
Boxing on DAZN
Saturday 29th February 2020
Garcia vs VargasDAZN
The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States
12 Rounds @ Welterweight
WBA World Super Flyweight Championship
12 Rounds @ Super Flyweight
WBC World Flyweight Championship
12 Rounds @ Flyweight
10 Rounds @ Heavyweight
Saturday 7th March 2020
Quigg vs CarrollDAZN
Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom
12 Rounds @ Super Featherweight
10 Rounds @ Super Welterweight
10 Rounds @ Super Middleweight
Saturday 21st March 2020
Dorticos vs BriedisDAZN
IBF World Cruiserweight Championship
Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
12 Rounds @ Cruiserweight
Friday 27th March 2020
Patera vs BoschieroDAZN
Vacant WBA Interim World Lightweight Championship
Palaolimpia, Veneto, Italy
12 Rounds @ Lightweight
12 Rounds @ Super Bantamweight
Saturday 28th March 2020
Avanesyan vs KellyDAZN
O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
12 Rounds @ Welterweight
Saturday 4th April 2020
Ritson vs VazquezDAZN
Newcastle Arena, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
12 Rounds @ Super Lightweight
10 Rounds @ Light Heavyweight
12 Rounds @ Heavyweight