Sky Sports Boxing is the premier broadcaster of the sport in the United Kingdom, featuring some of the biggest matchups ever during the past 30 years.
From Lennox Lewis Lewis vs Evander Holyfield to Ricky Hatton vs Floyd Mayweather Jr to Carl Froch vs George Groves to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr, the network has made itself THE go-to destination for fight fans wanting to see their idols in action.
Sky Sports also screened the controversial rematch between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul in late 2019.
The network has also produced iconic production values and commentary. The pairing of Ian Darke and Glenn McCrory forming a much-loved pairing which elevated so many fights to epic levels.
As well as showing regular bills as part of its normal subscription package, Sky Sports Boxing also shows some bigger-profile fights on pay-per-view with an extra cost via its Sky Sports Box Office platform.
Sky Sports Box Office
Sky Sports Box Office is the platform used by the network to show its major pay-per-view fights.
Pricing can vary, with the 2019 rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz for the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles in a Saudi Arabia netting a domestic-record 1.6million buys at a cost of £24.99 per buy.
The most recent Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view was Dillian Whyte’s stunning defeat by Alexander Povetkin. That bout at Matchroom Fight Camp in August 2020 retailed for £19.99.
There has been much speculation about how much a potential Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua superfight could cost.
Some speculation – unconfirmed though it is – suggests it could be as much as £49.99.
Despite that, pay-per-views in the UK are still significantly cheaper than in the United States. A recent Showtime in September 2020 offering featuring the Charlo brothers Jermall and Jermell had a price point of $74.99.
Fury of course is exclusive to BT Sport currently. It is likely a Fury vs Joshua showdown would be a joint PPV between Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office.
Sky Sports Box Office how to watch
Sky Sports Box Office events can be purchased by anybody over 18 in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The platform is of course available via conventional set-top boxes which come with regular Sky Sports subscriptions.
Sky Sports Box Office can also be purchased and viewed online via live stream or the Sky Sports Box Office app. This is assuming you set up a Sky Sports Box Office account have have a broadband connection.
There are a range of viewing options for subscribers. You can watch the fights via PC, Mac, Now TV Box, Now TV Smart Stick, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet.
Payments are accepted via Mastercard and Visa and you will pay for the events in pounds sterling only.
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
Sky Sports Boxing has an exciting schedule of bouts coming up – including some high-profile shows.
The heavyweight division is particularly enthralling right now – with a string of planned pay-per-views in 2020. They include Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora (October 31), Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 (November 21) and Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev (December 12).
The schedule for the remainder of 2020 also includes Lewis Ritson taking on Miguel Vazquez in Newcastle on October 17. That bill was supposed to have had the WBO middleweight title fight between Savannah Marshall and Hannah Rankin as well. But the fight is now off after Marshall’s trainer Peter Fury tested positive for COVID-19 just three days ahead of the bout.
There is another huge show featuring top women’s matches on Saturday November 14. Irish star Katie Taylor defends her lightweight titles against Miriam Gutierrez to top the bill. WBC and IBO super-featherweight champion Terri Harper takes on Katharina Thanderz.
Aussie sensation Ebanie Bridges meanwhile meets Rachel Ball for the WBA bantamweight belt.
The huge Vasiliy Lomachenko lightweight unification match on October 17 is not being shown by Sky Sports Boxing. Fans can watch it on FITE TV at a cost of £9.99.
Sky Sports Boxing fighters
Sky Sports Boxing has an exclusive relationship with Matchroom Boxing, fronted by Eddie Hearn. Matchroom is arguably the most successful promotional outfit in the UK right now. Its biggest competitor – Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions – is signed up to a deal with BT Sport.
The jewel in Matchroom and Sky Sports Boxing’s crown is reigning IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1).
He has been a mainstay on the network in recent years. His bouts have produced unforgettable broadcasts, including vs Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 and vs Ruiz Jr in 2019.
Sky also has more top-level talent at heavyweight with both Usyk and Whyte appearing on its channels.
Super-middleweights Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith add further spice to the mix. Add in Irish icon Katie Taylor and it is not difficult to see why Sky has been so dominant.