DAZN set to pip Sky Sports for Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua TV rights

The heavyweight encounter will be taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

A source has told Planet Sport that DAZN will have the rights to stage the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua in the UK.

The OTT streaming platform have secured a long-term deal with AJ and it is said to be a nine-figure deal although it did not include Joshua's upcoming fight against Usyk.

SunSport reported that DAZN had bid £20million while Sky were offering in the region of £15million to broadcast the summer showdown.

However, DAZN will stream the heavyweight clash - billed as 'Rage on the Red Sea' - on August 20 in over 200 countries and territories, including the UK, USA and Canada.

Sky Sports tried their best to keep Joshua on their platform but the influence of promoter Eddie Hearn alongside a £100million deal as well as becoming a stakeholder at DAZN were the key elements to ending his nine-year association with Sky.

Hearn was vital in ensuring DAZN beat Sky Sports for the rights and fans can expect the pay-per-view to be at £24.95 - the same price as it was for their first fight in September.

Joshua has the beating of Usyk

Former world champion and Sky analyst Johnny Nelson is backing Joshua for revenge against Usyk.

AJ got outboxed last year and tasted a second defeat via unanimous decision to the Ukrainian southpaw.

Nelson claims Joshua must change his tactics and believes it is not 'an impossible task' to win back the WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

"I think it's a hard fight, I think it's a harder rematch for AJ than the Ruiz rematch was. It's not an impossible task or ask, I think AJ has all the beatings of Usyk," Nelson told Planet Sport.

"I've seen Usyk from the early days, seven fights in as a pro and I said this young man is the heir apparent.

"The problem is, once everyone knows who you are and what you can do then they can plot a plan for you. And now with AJ, he just has to change tactics, change style, change intentions on what he wants to do and how he's gonna approach the fight.

"So, I don't know what tactics he'll choose, but what I'm saying is that it's not an impossible task for AJ, but it's a tough one."

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