The upcoming release of Perform Group’s DAZN streaming service in the United States has a release date and a number of top boxers joining Eddie Hearn’s stable of fighters.
In a press conference in New York, Hearn, the promoter for Matchroom Boxing, made a number of announcements, most notably the first wave of fighters that have either signed with Hearn or have agreed to have their next fights be shown on DAZN. Earlier this year, Hearn and Perform Group announced an eight-year, $1 billion partnership.
The following fighters appeared at the press conference:
- Former world champion Jessie Vargas
- WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman
- Unified WBA/IBF women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor
- WBO middleweight mandatory challenger Demetrius Andrade
- Undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller
- Unified WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua
- WBA heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin
WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker did not appear at the press conference as he was running late, according to Hearn, but said the plan is to have Hooker fight mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo, confirming Fightful’s own reporting when it was told by Roc Nation that they plan on having Hooker defend his title against Saucedo.
The streaming service will launch on September 10 and it will also be the streaming service home for Bellator MMA. DAZN will cost $9.99 per month and people who want to tune in will get a chance to have a 30-day free trial.
DAZN’s first boxing show will be Joshua vs. Povetkin on September 22, but the first boxing card in the United States will take place on October 6 in Chicago.