Well, here’s the official answer to a question some had brought up here and elsewhere: yes, the Aug. 22 Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin card will stream on DAZN in the United States, and also in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
The fourth and (for now?) final Matchroom Fight Camp card will start at 2 pm ET on Saturday, Aug. 22, with a big co-feature rematch between undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon also on the card.
Whyte-Povetkin figured to air on DAZN in the U.S., but Matchroom did have some precedent to see if there may be a late bid for American broadcast rights to the fight, at least the main event. Showtime made a late play for Whyte-Chisora 2 back in Dec. 2018, and Matchroom similarly held back on Whyte’s follow-up fight with Oscar Rivas in July of 2019, though that one did wind up on DAZN, as this fight has. The big thing here, probably, is not that this wouldn’t be an attractive fight for someone to pick up, but everyone’s boxing budget is pretty much set for the rest of 2020, and there is simply no money to chuck at something like this.
Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) is a top heavyweight contender and currently the WBC’s mandatory challenger, with a shot at that belt due in early 2021. But Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KO) is no pushover opponent, a skilled and experienced veteran who remains a solid contender himself. Whyte’s putting a lot on the line in this fight, really, and it’s clearly the biggest, most relevant main event boxing has seen since the sport returned to action in June.
Taylor (15-0, 6 KO) fully unified the 135-pound division in June 2019 by scoring a controversial decision win over Persoon (44-2, 18 KO), which was also just a terrific fight, and now they’ll meet again, with Persoon looking to even the score and Taylor looking to win more definitively and put Persoon behind her.
Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of the full show on Saturday, Aug. 22, starting at 2 pm ET.