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Anthony Joshua ‘set to QUIT broadcasting deal with Sky Sports and sign with DAZN’

Anthony Joshua ‘is set to QUIT his broadcast deal with Sky Sports and sign a money-spinning contract with DAZN ahead of rematch against Oleksandr Usyk’… after Eddie Hearn agreed a £100m-a-year deal with the streaming platform

  • Anthony Joshua is preparing for his rematch against Olesandr Usyk in August
  • The heavyweight is reportedly set to face him on streaming platform DAZN
  • Joshua has fought on Sky Sports his entire career but will ditch the broadcaster
  • His promoter Eddie Hearn negotiated a lucrative deal with DAZN last year

Anthony Joshua is set to turn his back on Sky Sports and sign a lucrative deal with streaming service DAZN, reports claim, as the heavyweight prepares for his crucial rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this summer.

Joshua has fought on Sky Sports for the entirity of his career, with his promoter Eddie Hearn previously having an exclusive deal with the broadcaster to stage his fights, but the Matchroom Boxing chief has since negotiated a £100m-per-year deal with DAZN that have seen him bring his entire stable on board.

Joshua had been the exception to this deal as he had a separate contract to show his fights exclusively on Sky Sports, but that expired after his first fight against Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September – and the heavyweight has now defected to DAZN, reports the Sun.

Anthony Joshua is set to leave his deal with Sky Sports and sign with streaming platform DAZN

Joshua has fought on Sky Sports for his entire career but his exclusive deal ended in 2021

Joshua has fought on Sky Sports for his entire career but his exclusive deal ended in 2021

The Watford-born star has been the subject of a bidding war ever since, the report claims, but he is set to pledge his allegiance to Hearn’s new project with DAZN, starting with his next fight with Usyk – slated to be held in August in Saudi Arabia.

Sky Sports initially felt confident of re-signing Joshua as early as last month, the report continues, with DAZN even feeling they had lost the race to sign him.

But now the popular app has taken the driver’s seat after a ‘sudden swing’, and now an announcement could be made as early as next week.

Sky Sports and DAZN both declined to comment when approached by sportsmail.

Sky Sports have had a number of highlights with AJ – undoubtedly the top one being his sensational victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in 2017 – watched by more than 1.5million people on pay-per-view.

Fans also watched him wrest his world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in 2019 on the channel which saw him become a two-time world champion.

Joshua's first fight under his new DAZN deal will reportedly be his rematch against Usyk

Joshua’s first fight under his new DAZN deal will reportedly be his rematch against Usyk

Joshua's fights on Sky have drawn in millions of fans during his rise to the top of the sport

Joshua’s fights on Sky have drawn in millions of fans during his rise to the top of the sport

Joshua has been with Matchroom Sport for all 26 of his professional fights and signed a life-time contract with the promotional company last September after Hearn’s guidance led him to become one of the world’s top fighters.

AJ said at the time: ‘We’ve built some great foundations over the years and I appreciate Matchroom – the company, the team, the family business.

‘That’s kind of what drew me towards you guys as well, the integrity that the Hearns have when it comes to boxing and business.

‘I’ve felt comfortable during my years as a boxer and I always felt that the business outside of sport is harder than the actual fighting due to the history and some of the problems that some fighters have had.

‘So, to be with Matchroom Sport has been a blessing for myself, my family and my team.

His undoubted highlight on Sky Sports was his stunning KO win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in 2017

His undoubted highlight on Sky Sports was his stunning KO win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in 2017

Promoter Eddie Hearn (R) guided Joshua to become two-time world champion and the heavyweight is now set to join his project at DAZN after negotiating a money-spinning deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn (R) guided Joshua to become two-time world champion and the heavyweight is now set to join his project at DAZN after negotiating a money-spinning deal

‘Outside of that, what Matchroom Sport have done is created an environment for boxing fans.

‘The shows that we have managed to put on have been phenomenal. When I walk out to fight, I look around and I’m like, ‘mate, this is unbelievable’.

‘From where we began, to the middle of the journey, the foundations we have created are phenomenal and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

‘In my humble opinion, what better place to be than Matchroom Boxing?

‘I have heard that my signature was hot property. I’m happy where I am. A handshake is good enough for me, but the signature solidifies it and I’m happy where my signature is.’

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