DAZN expands Spanish offering with Matchroom Boxing’s Barcelona event

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

OTT sports streaming service DAZN has added to the content on its Spanish platform after agreeing a deal to broadcast the first Matchroom Boxing event held in Spain later this year.

DAZN’s Spanish arm will broadcast the fights on December 12 live from Barcelona with on-demand streaming of the broadcast available for the following seven days.

In November 2018, Matchroom Boxing – alongside Italian boxing promoter OPI – announced an eight-year deal with DAZN to stream fights in Italy. The fight card in Barcelona is the latest project between Matchroom and OPI.

Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport’s managing director, said: “I have watched with interest the growth of boxing in Spain and I feel it is the perfect time for us to enter the market as we continue our global expansion. We look forward to giving Spanish fight fans a great show in December and many more in 2020 and beyond.”

Christian Cherchi of OPI Since 82 added: “Spain has a strong boxing tradition and many knowledgeable and passionate fans. The show will have three title fights with the European Super-Lightweight title showdown between local hero Sandor Martin and Joe Hughes, the European Welterweight title clash between David Avanesyan and tough Spaniard Jose Del Rio, with Madrid’s Jonathan Alonso and Malaga’s Samuel Molina also in action.”

DAZN launched in Spain earlier this year and boasts exclusive rights to MotoGP, EuroLeague basketball and the English Premier League.

The streaming platform has now formed a joint-venture bid with commercial broadcaster Mediaset Spain in a bid to buy the rights to Spanish knockout cup competition the Copa del Rey for the 2019-20 to 2021-22 cycle.