Anthony Joshua ends Sky Sports partnership with £100m DAZN deal

The Briton’s next fight will be a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, who dethroned ‘AJ’ as heavyweight champion

Pa Sport Staff
Monday 13 June 2022 16:16 BST
Joshua sees "opportunity to go back to the drawing board" after losing to Usyk

Anthony Joshua’s future fights will be screened on DAZN after the broadcaster confirmed a “groundbreaking” link-up with the British heavyweight.

The move means the end of Joshua’s deal with Sky Sports, which has been in place throughout his professional career.

The deal is reportedly worth £100million a year to the 32-year-old fighter from Watford, who will become a global ambassador for DAZN as well as a special advisor to the group.

Joshua is due to take on Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch in August, after the Ukrainian beat the Briton last September to become WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion.

“I am entering a new phase in my career with a new training environment, new coaches and now a new broadcaster,” Joshua said.

“Negotiations at this level take time, so I am pleased to have it all wrapped up and now I can fully focus on giving the fans and DAZN what they want – knockouts in the glamour division.

“I’ve been working with DAZN and following its progress for a long time. We have enjoyed a really successful partnership in the US for many years and I know the team and understand the passion and drive of the business.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and the 43-year-old’s company Matchroom Boxing similarly left Sky last summer, signing a five-year deal with DAZN.

DAZN is a subscription service that streams fights on mobile platforms and can be used on TV via the DAZN app.

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