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Sky Sports have reportedly agreed a four-year deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank to show their US fights in the UK moving forwards.
The broadcaster have been left with a major void in boxing content following their long-term exclusive promoter Eddie Hearn’s decision to move to streaming app DAZN from the start of July.
Hearn last week announced a ground-breaking five-year deal, which will see him stage a minimum of 16 UK shows per year on DAZN, starting on July 31 with the return of Fight Camp in the Matchroom HQ back garden.
Since 2012, he promoted boxing on Sky Sports as their exclusive partner in the UK and Ireland.
All of Hearn’s Matchroom UK shows have been broadcast on Sky for the past nine years, but this will all now change.
And Sky are already making plans for life after Eddie.
According to Mike Coppinger, Sky have now agreed a four-year deal with Top Rank which will see their US fights aired in the UK.
It’s claimed this will start on Saturday with Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila.
The deal will also include fights later this month such as Naoya Inoue vs Michael Dasmarinas and Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 will not be included.
This will likely not be Sky’s only new boxing acquisition.
These fights are all set to take place at around 4am/5am UK time, meaning there is still a gap to fill for Sky’s primetime UK content.
Rival promoter Frank Warren recently told SecondsOut he’s heard rumours that Sky will appoint John Wischhusen (former senior figure at Matchroom) to direct their boxing and the plan is to work with various promoters to put fights on Sky.
This is not yet confirmed though.