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A whirlwind six months for US boxing have seen five major media-rights deals agreed from May to October this year, setting up a four-way battle for supremacy between platforms from 2019 onward
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The ‘$1bn’ joint venture between the Perform Group and Matchroom Boxing does not guarantee either company that amount in revenue. But the headline number does signal how much the joint venture is willing to spend on attracting top-level fighters

The Sauerland Promotion’s deal with Sport1 in Germany is of similar value to its previous deal with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, TV Sports Markets understands.

Sources close to the promoter and broadcaster say the event will comfortably exceed 1m PPV buys in the US, with some experts expecting close to 1.2m.

The World Boxing Super Series has focused on exposure and promotional commitments from broadcasters during its first season, as it banks on core boxing markets to provide most of its revenue.

Fight Sports, the CSI Sports-owned linear sports channel and digital service, has launched Fight Sports Max, a new subscription digital service, in the Middle East and North Africa ahead of its coverage…

Turkish media-rights agency Saran Media has acquired exclusive rights in the country to the upcoming heavyweight boxing rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has secured exclusive rights in Belgium, Portugal and Taiwan to the forthcoming boxing rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr

OTT sports streaming platform DAZN has acquired rights in Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Germany to this weekend’s heavyweight boxing rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.

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The IMG agency says global media-rights revenue earned from Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor will exceed that of previous marquee fights, and expects the pay-per-view revenue record to have been broken in multiple major territories.

Interview with Adam Kelly, head of global sales at IMG, on media-rights sales for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor and the wider impact of the event.

BoxNation’s carriage and simulcast deal with BT Sport has been further enhanced after the two broadcasters acquired rights to the middleweight world title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Saúl Álvarez – the partnership’s first major acquisition since it began in February.

The World Boxing Super Series believes its unique format will make boxing a “profit-and-loss” proposition for broadcasters, as opposed to a series of one-off investments.

Saturday’s world heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is expected to earn between $33m (€31m) and $37m in global media-rights and pay-per-view revenue, TV Sports Markets understands.

The value of Sauerland boxing rights in Germany remained steady in a renewal with leading commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 earlier this month, despite the addition of new events from next year.

Boxing promoter Matchroom Boxing and media company CSI Sports are in talks over a lengthier partnership after their deal for Anthony Joshua’s WBO World Heavyweight Championship fight against Dominic Breazeale last month, TV Sports Markets understands.

Interview with Craig and Richard Miele, chief executives of Fight Sports, on their acquisition strategy and wider business.

Sports promoter Matchroom Sport has secured a lucrative deal for its entire portfolio of live events and archive footage in sub-Saharan Africa with pay-television startup Kwesé Sports.

Specialist UK boxing broadcaster BoxNation told TV Sports Markets this week its recent acquisitions of three world-class events could potentially double its subscriber base, boosting its chances of long-term survival.

Media rights clips from December 17 to January 20

Media rights clips from July 9 to 22

Media rights clips from June 25 to July 8

Media rights clips from June 11 to 24

Media rights clips from May 28 to June 10

Boxing promoter Matchroom Sport is thought to have secured a small increase in the value of its rights in last week’s renewal with UK pay-television broadcaster Sky.

Media rights clips from May 14 to 27

Media rights clips from April 30 to May 13

The welterweight clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas this Saturday is set to smash all records for media-rights revenue for a single fight.