August 15, 2018 – Toronto, Canada
DAZN BRINGS THE QUEST FOR THE MUHAMMAD ALI TROPHY TO CANADA WITH THREE-YEAR BOXING DISTRIBUTION DEAL
DAZN, the world’s largest dedicated live sports-streaming service, today announced an exclusive, three-year Canadian distribution agreement with World Boxing Super Series (WBSS). The professional boxing tournament, owned by Comosa, has struck a deal to make 15 fight nights available to fans in Canada and the U.S. only on DAZN.
“As a platform built for the fans, DAZN has been mining boxing chats and forums to see how we can bring immediate value to the community,” said James Rushton, DAZN CEO. “We found that Canadians and Americans alike felt left out of the terrific action and thrilling competition on display in the World Boxing Super Series. To that end, we’re happy to announce that we’ll stream every fight of all three tournaments.”
Launched in 2017, the WBSS is a first-of-its-kind annual boxing tournament that brings together the ‘best of the best’ fighters to compete at venues around the world for the Muhammad Ali trophy. The agreement will start with the broadcast of the 2018-19 season this fall and include footage from the initial draft Gala event, announcing the draw for Bantamweight and Super Lightweight divisions.
Three weight classes will feature in Season II of the World Boxing Super Series and the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Two weight classes are already announced, super lightweight and bantamweight, and the match-ups are as follows:
‘Interim’ WBC World Title: Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England)
WBC Silver Title: Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States)
WBA World Championship: Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) vs. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia)
IBF World Championship: Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs. Anthony Yigit (Sweden)
WBA World Championship: Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs. Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
WBO World Championship: Zolani Tete (South Africa) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (Russia)
WBA ‘Regular’ World Championship: Naoya Inoue (Japan) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic)
IBF World Championship: Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia)
A third weight class will be announced soon, for a total of three weight classes and 24 boxers competing in the tournament. The WBSS’s Season II fight nights will begin in October 2018 and stretch into January and February with finals taking place in summer 2019. Each event will air live on DAZN Canada and be available on demand to Canadians as part of their monthly subscription.
“COMOSA is delighted to meet the massive interest in the World Boxing Super Series and the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy from Canadian boxing fans. Millions can now enjoy the world-class match-ups of Season II, ” said Comosa.