World Boxing Super Series 2 Live On DAZN
World Boxing Super Series 2 Live On DAZN across America
American boxing fans will now have a chance to watch all 15 matches of the World Boxing Super Series Season II, following a partnership between sports streaming company DAZN and COMOSA.
The multi-million deal, which was first hinted by ESPN last month, will also feature an additional weight classes: Bantamweight (118 pounds), Super Lightweight (140 pounds) and one TBA.
DAZN is set to launch in the United States this coming summer with prices to be announced later. 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,” adding that they acknowledged the vacuum that left American fans unattended.
“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.” Said Rushton
Season One of the WBSS saw unprecedented growth in popularity of the tournament that featured some of the best ranking boxers worldwide. It was, however, not available to American fans with only a few fights possible in the quarter-final which were aired on the Audience Network of satellite-television provider DirecTV.
Many boxers have already been announced to participate in the tournament this season, b. South Africas Zolani Tete who is a WBO titlist is registered for the Bantamweight.as well as Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF world titlist) and Jason Moloney.
For the Super Lightweight: Kiryl Relikh (WBA world titlist), Ivan Baranchyk, Anthony Yigit, Josh Taylor and Eduard Troyanovsky.
The deals are also inclusive of shoulder programming such as select matchups and fighters that will be availed on demand,
DAZN is set to revolutionise the sports arena with boxing taking a massive chunk of its investments. Last month, Matchroom Boxing and Perform announced a landmark US$1 billion joint venture called Matchroom Boxing USA which will see DAZN become the exclusive US rights holder of more than 30 fights annually for the next eight years.
The arrangement brought about by WBSS is disrupting the sport, adding to the existing tournaments such as the WBO, IBF and WBC. In the inaugural season of WBSS 16 elite boxers from two weight classes (Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight) tugged for on fourteen separate fight nights in a bracket-style elimination tournament. The final Super Middleweight matchup features George Groves vs. Callum Smith while the Cruiserweight final features Aleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev. And will take place this summer.
DAZN, owned by Perform Group, has registered immense success with the live and on-demand subscription service in Austria, Germany, Japan, and Canada, snatching rights from competitors such as UEFA Champions League, NBA, NFL, MLB, and UFC (in Japan only).
The partnership between DAZN and WBSS is ultimately good for the growth of the sport. While announcing the deal between DAZN and Matchroom Boxing, he called upon on boxers from all corners of the globe to come on board.