Eddie Hearn claims Sky Sports, BT Sport, ESPN and DAZN could ALL show Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s £200m heavyweight showdown as broadcasters collaborate to replicate Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
- Joshua vs Fury could be broadcast by various TV networks in the UK and USA
- Eddie Hearn has revealed that event organisers are looking for a compromise
- Hearn has said he doesn’t believe it ‘will be difficult’ to come to an agreement
- Should the broadcasters collaborate on the fight, it will be a British boxing first
The £200million mega fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be broadcast by various networks in both the UK and USA.
Eddie Hearn has revealed that the event organisers are looking for the broadcasters to agree on a compromise over the TV rights to finalise details of the two-fight deal.
Hearn doesn’t believe it ‘will be difficult’ to come to an agreement as he claims a collaboration between Sky Sports, BT Sport, ESPN and DAZN could provide a ‘solution for everybody’.
Eddie Hearn has revealed Joshua vs Fury could be broadcast by various TV networks
Hearn told reporters: ‘I don’t think it will be difficult. There’s a solution for everybody.
‘The two broadcast issues are DAZN and ESPN in America – AJ has a matching rights deal with DAZN and Fury has an exclusive deal with ESPN.
‘When you flip that in the UK, AJ has an exclusive deal with Sky and Fury has matching rights with BT.
‘Is there a deal where all four of those parties can carry broadcast of the fight? Yeah, I believe there is.
‘I can’t speak on behalf of Sky, but I’m not sure they would have an issue with saying to the public, ‘You can watch on Sky or BT.’
‘When it’s a fight of this magnitude, I don’t think anyone is looking to be obstructive.’
The £200million mega fight could be shown by Sky Sports, BT Sport, ESPN and DAZN
Representatives for both sides have already agreed financial terms for the highly anticipated showdown – meaning the broadcasters are the last piece to the Joshua vs Fury puzzle.
Should the broadcasters agree to a collaboration, it will be the first time in British boxing history that two major PPV broadcasters have worked together on a fight.
America, however, have shared broadcasting rights on multiple occasions. HBO and Showtime both showed Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
ESPN and FOX also collaborated to present Tyson Fury’s rematch vs Deontay Wilder last year.
USA have done it before with HBO and Showtime both showing Mayweather vs Pacquiao
ESPN and FOX also collaborated to present Tyson Fury’s rematch vs Deontay Wilder last year
In regards to the fight itself, Hearn believe Joshua will win despite Fury being named the favourite.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think anyone can be 100 per cent confident about anyone winning a fight like this. They could fight 10 times and wouldn’t get 10 same results.
‘I believe Joshua is the favourite in this fight. I know that, with the bookies, Fury is.
‘But I see the improvements that Anthony makes and the desire that he has got.
‘But I’ve written Fury off before – against Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder. He proved me wrong.
‘But I don’t believe he will prove me wrong this time. I believe our guy wins.
‘But talk is cheap. We’ve got to roll the dice and find out.’