With Eddie Hearn taking his Matchroom boxing stable over to DAZN (With exception of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte). Sky sports were left with a big void to fill if they were to continue to remain relevant in boxing.
According to Mike Coppinger Sky has been active in filling this void and has penned a four-year deal with Top Rank promotions to televise their US fights.
Big move for both entities. Top Rank now has far more exposure in the U.K., for its fights, and Sky gets some big fights with Matchroom out of the picture https://t.co/wgSKrWfnL3— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) June 9, 2021
According to Mike Coppinger the deal starts with the televising of Shakur Stevenson’s WBO world super featherweight interim title fight against Jeremia Nakathila in Las Vegas this weekend.
Had the deal been in place just three weeks ago it would have meant Sky would have been able to televise Josh Taylor’s undisputed, unification world title fight with Jose Ramirez, a historical fight that was not picked up by any UK broadcaster and had to be purchased and viewed via Fite TV.
Quite rightly this was viewed as a travesty by the UK boxing community and by undisputed champion Josh Taylor himself who told talk sport – “I kinda felt let down. 50-year-old Floyd Mayweather, who just looks like an old man, and some YouTube guy – Sky are picking up that. Someone homegrown is daring to be great and no-one gave a toss.”
The deal represents good news for UK boxing fans who should be able to see a host of decent match ups stateside for the next four years.