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Jan 18, 2021

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury could be broadcast by two different networks in both the UK and USA as organisers look to work out a compromise which ensures the fight gets over the line.
Representatives for both sides are currently continuing talks to try and finalise all aspects of a deal after agreeing financial terms several months ago.
Joshua is promoted by Eddie Hearn
The latest subject in negotiations, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, is the TV broadcaster situation.
Hearn told reporters: “I don’t think it will be difficult. There’s a solution for everybody.
“The two broadcast issues are DAZN and ESPN in America – AJ has a matching rights deal with DAZN and Fury has an exclusive deal with ESPN.
“When you flip that in the UK, AJ has an exclusive deal with Sky and Fury has matching rights with BT.
“Is there a deal where all four of those parties can carry broadcast of the fight? Yeah, I believe there is.
Fury is co-promoted by Bob Arum and Frank Warren
“I can’t speak on behalf of Sky, but I’m not sure they would have an issue with saying to the public, ‘You can watch on Sky or BT.’
“When it’s a fight of this magnitude, I don’t think anyone is looking to be obstructive.”
Never before in British boxing history have two major PPV broadcasters worked together on a fight.
However, the precedent has been set in America with HBO and Showtime previously collaborating on the PPVs for Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
Only the biggest fights become a collaboration between two networks
ESPN and FOX also came together for the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch last year.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum was involved in Mayweather vs Pacquiao and Wilder vs Fury and so has experience putting together complicated deals such as this.
AJ vs Fury could be the first fight to have dual broadcasters on both sides of the pond.