Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to rematch Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Usyk in August with an ambition to reclaim his world titles. Notably, Usyk outclassed Joshua last September to lift his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Championships.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated fight, Anthony Joshua has shockingly left Sky Sports to join Eddie Hearn’s DAZN and will earn up to £100 million in the multi-year deal. In a recent development, DAZN Group, the global sports entertainment company has confirmed a landmark deal which means Joshua’s future fights will be broadcast on DAZN’s sports entertainment platform to customers worldwide.
Reports have confirmed that the deal worth £100million a year will also make Anthony Joshua, a shareholder in DAZN as well as a global ambassador and special advisor to the group.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) June 13, 2022
In his role as a special advisor, Anthony Joshua will join DAZN’s strategic advisory board. However, the length of the deal has not been disclosed but many have claimed that it depends on how long Joshua intends to continue boxing professionally. Responding to the development, Joshua reportedly said that he is entering a new phase of his life with a new training environment, new coaches and now a new broadcaster.
“Negotiations at this level take time, but I am pleased to have it all wrapped up and now I can fully focus on giving the fans and DAZN what they want, knockouts in the glamour division,” he said. Joshua further confirmed that he is following DAZN for quite some time now and following its progress for a long time.
“I’ve been working with DAZN and following its progress for a long time. We have enjoyed a successful partnership in the US for many years and I know the team and understand the passion and drive of the business,” he added.
Notably, DAZN has recently reacquired the services of Canelo Alvarez this year as the Mexican star is one of the biggest draws in boxing. Reportedly, Joshua versus Usyk on July 23 will live stream on the streaming channel, which viewers will be able to purchase for £7.99 a month.