DAZN, the world’s largest dedicated live sports streaming service, will exclusively bring U.S. fight fans all 15 fight nights of the World Boxing Super Series’ Season 2, featuring 21 matches across tournaments in three weight classes promoted by COMOSA AG. Season 2 will begin in September 2018 featuring three divisions: Bantamweight (118 pounds), Super Lightweight (140 pounds) and one TBA. Participants announced to date include Bantamweight: Zolani Tete (WBO world titlist), Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF world titlist), Jason Moloney, Super Lightweight: Kiryl Relikh (WBA world titlist), Ivan Baranchyk Anthony Yigit, Josh Taylor and Eduard Troyanovsky.
The three-year deal will include shoulder programming such as features on select matchups and fighters that will be available on-demand on DAZN. DAZN will announce its official launch date and pricing this summer.
DAZN CEO James Rushton said “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. It became obvious that Americans 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. Keep an eye out for more announcements soon. This is just the beginning.”
COMOSA added that it is “looking forward to meeting the huge interest in the World Boxing Super Series from U.S. boxing enthusiasts. Millions of fans will be able to enjoy the action of world-class boxing and the quest for the Muhammad Ali trophy.”
Part of Perform Group, DAZN recently announced landmark partnerships including a billion-dollar deal with Matchroom Boxing and a nine-figure pact with Bellator MMA to create a must-have service for fight fans. Launched in 2017, the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) is a first-of-its-kind annual boxing tournament that brings together ‘best of the best’ fighters to compete at venues around the world for the Muhammad Ali trophy. A total of 16 elite boxers from two weight classes (Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight) battle it out on fourteen separate fight nights in a bracket-style elimination tournament – with the winner in each division crowned in summer 2018. The final Super Middleweight matchup features George Groves vs. Callum Smith while the Cruiserweight final features Aleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev.