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Sky signs extended deal for Joshua fights

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has reached an agreement to cover Anthony Joshua’s fights for a further three years after the world heavyweight champion boxer signed a new deal with promoter Matchroom.

Sky’s new deal will include a minimum of Joshua’s next five fights, which will be showcased on the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view service.

The deal begins with the 28-year-old’s fight against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 22.

Joshua currently holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles, having won all 21 of his professional fights. Sky has broadcast all of his bouts, including his most recent win against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium back in March.

Joshua said: “When I decided to become a professional boxer I felt the boxing market was stagnating and in need of new energy. Both Matchroom and Sky have backed me and have given me opportunity after opportunity and I will always deliver.

“They’ve worked very hard to give me a platform to showcase my skills and tell my story, so choosing to renew our deal was always a matter of when, not if. We have created history together and we are dedicated to keeping the UK scene in high demand for all boxers and boxing fans, but for me personally, the journey is nowhere near finished yet.”