DAZN secures exclusive rights for Usyk v Bellew cruiserweight card
By: Fergal Ringrose
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 4:33 pm

DAZN will exclusively stream the undisputed cruiserweight clash between champion Oleksandr Usyk and former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew on 10 November.

The full card will be live and on-demand for DAZN users in Canada, United States, Germany, Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Italy.

Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew go head to head during the Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew press conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Oleksandr Usyk, the current best active cruiserweight, will face Matchroom boxer Tony Bellew in Manchester. Usyk comes into the fight undefeated having unified all cruiserweight belts in July 2018, whilst his opponent Tony Bellew returns to cruiserweight off back-to-back wins against ex-heavyweight world champion David Haye. The stacked undercard includes a WBA World Lightweight Title fight between Anthony Crolla v Daud Yordan and other Matchroom fighters Josh Kelly and David Allen.

“We’re thrilled to announce exclusive rights to Tony Bellew’s title fight on DAZN,” said Jacopo Tonoli, chief commercial officer of DAZN Group. “Cards like these should be available to boxing fans for a fair and affordable price, and that’s exactly what DAZN is delivering. These are exciting times for DAZN and Matchroom, bringing the sport of boxing to more fans across the world anytime, on any device.”

DAZN is changing the landscape of boxing, having recently signed a landmark five-year global partnership with Golden Boy Promotions, to bring Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to the live and on-demand service for his next 11 fights. The deal also sees 12 fight nights annually from Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

This comes after another $1bn, eight-year joint venture with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing to create Matchroom Boxing USA, with DAZN becoming the exclusive US broadcaster for 16 fight nights a year. The deals deliver on DAZN’s mission to make boxing accessible and affordable again.