Sky Sports ‘agree four-year deal to broadcast Top Rank’s US shows live in the UK, starting with Vasyl Lomachenko, Shakur Stevenson and Naoya Inoue’s bouts this month’ – but they WON’T have any rights to Tyson Fury’s fights
Sky Sports have reportedly agreed a four-year deal with Top Rank to show their US fights live in the UK – but they won’t have the rights to any of Tyson Fury’s fights.
According to The Athletic, the deal will come into effect immediately with Shakur Stevenson, Naoya Inoue and Vasyl Lomachenko’s fights this month all set to be broadcasted on Sky.
The first Top Rank fight to be shown live on Sky will be on Saturday when former featherweight world champion Stevenson takes on Jeremia Nakathila.
Vasyl Lomacehnko’s return to the ring this month will be shown live on Sky Sports
Sky Sports’ deal with Top Rank doesn’t include any rights to show Tyson Fury’s fights in the UK
The move will secure Sky’s position as a major network in boxing after Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom ended their 25-year partnership last week to sign a ‘game-changing deal’ with DAZN.
Fights put on by Top Rank, which is owned by legendary promoter Bob Arum, are currently only aired on ESPN in the States, meaning this deal will now gain their shows more exposure in the UK.
Sky Sports had held the lion’s share in the British boxing TV market for some time, with only BT Sport as their main competitor, until Hearn’s DAZN deal shook things up.
The broadcasting giants’ future in the sport had looked uncertain but they have now struck a mammoth deal with Top Rank, who boasts a long list of world champions in their stable, including pound-for-pound stars Teofimo Lopez and Terence Crawford.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury is co-promoted by Top Rank but Sky will be unable to show any of his fight because of his exclusive TV deal with Frank Warren and BT Sport in the UK.
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