DAZN to stream Whyte vs Povetkin in nine markets

DAZN will stream the massive Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin heavyweight showdown in all nine of its current live markets next Saturday (August 22).

The service – which is planning a global rollout of its product in the coming months – is currently operating in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland.

It made a huge splash when it entered the US market in the summer of 2018 with boxing at the forefront of its offering. It signed Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing to a reported $1billion eight-year deal and Mexican megastar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to a $365million 11-fight pact.

Whyte and Povetkin’s showdown will take place behind closed doors at Matchroom Fight Camp, in the palatial grounds of the promotional company’s Brentwood, Essex headquarters.

The 27-1 Whyte has been mandatory contender for the WBC world heavyweight title (currently held by Tyson Fury) for more than 1000 days now, but the sanctioning body has ratified that he must finally get his shot against the winner of Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 – assuming he overcomes Povetkin of course.

The Russian (35-2-1) meanwhile represents a dangerous foe even at the age of 40 – his only two career defeats have come in world-title fights at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.

Also on the Fight Camp bill for August 22 is a fascinating rematch between world lightweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0) and Belgian star Delfine Persoon (44-2). Taylor prevailed in their first meeting at Madison Square Garden in June 2019, but only just after a thrilling slugfest.

Joe Markoswki, EVP for DAZN in North America, said: “It is a great time for women’s boxing, with compelling fighters and excellent matchups. Last year, we saw Taylor and Persoon deliver an absolute thriller at MSG and we’re proud to feature this rematch of elite athletes live on DAZN. Coupled with the biggest heavyweight fight on the boxing calendar – Whyte vs Povetkin, Fight Camp from the Hearn’s family garden is a can’t-miss event.”

Whyte vs Povetkin meanwhile will be a pay-per-view fight in the UK, airing live on Sky Sports Box Office.