‘RING OF FIRE’ LIVE WORLDWIDE ON DAZN
RIYADH SEASON’S “RING OF FIRE” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE WORLDWIDE ON DAZN
- “Ring of Fire” (17 February 2024) tables Boxing’s two greatest heavyweight World Champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to crown the division’s first undisputed champion since 1999.
- History-making fight and undercard available globally on DAZN as pay-per-view, including in the UK and US.
- Deal marks a strengthening in DAZN and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s long-term partnership.
LONDON, 1 February 2024 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season and DAZN, the sports entertainment platform, today announce that “Ring of Fire” will be broadcast live on DAZN worldwide on 17 February.
“Ring of Fire” will see the biggest fight in boxing – WBC and Lineal Champion Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury vs WBO/IBF/WBA unified champion Oleksandr Usyk in a history-making showdown. The winner will become boxing’s first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since Britain’s Lennox Lewis claimed that honour 24 years ago, in 1999, but this time four belts are on the line for the first time in history.
Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) has been the reigning Heavyweight Champion since November 2015. Taking a break from boxing due to personal challenges, Fury made an impressive comeback by defeating Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC world title in their rematch and sealing their trilogy with a knockout victory in 2021.
Ukraine’s Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), an Olympic gold medallist, decided to move up from the Cruiserweight division to the Heavyweight division after establishing his dominance there. He caused an upset by defeating Anthony Joshua and becoming the Unified Heavyweight champion. Usyk successfully defended his titles against Joshua in a rematch. Now, he sets his sights on becoming only the second Cruiserweight Champion ever to achieve undisputed status in the heavyweight division.
“Ring of Fire” follows two incredible once-in-a-generation fight nights – “Battle of the Baddest” in October and “Day of Reckoning’ in December – which saw incredible numbers from around the world tune in on DAZN to watch history made.
HE Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), said “Since our first Riyadh Season in 2019, the Season has developed a reputation for hosting the biggest events and they do not come much bigger than the undisputed heavyweight title fight. This is history in the making, a fight the world has waited for. Now it is a reality, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is excited to be hosting this era-defining fight. This will be a global spectacle and we will do everything to ensure that everyone has an experience that matches an event of this magnitude.”
Fury vs Usyk, ‘Ring of Fire’ will feature two further world championship fights at the Kingdom Arena, in Riyadh.
Sydney cruiserweight sensation Jai Opetaia will enter a rematch against the previous ruler of the division and champion of the World Boxing Super Series, Mairis Briedis (28-2, 20 KOs) for the IBF world title.
The undefeated IBF Super Featherweight World Champion Joe Cordina (17-0, 9 KOs) will make a second defence of his title against when he takes on the IBO World Champion Anthony Cacace (21-1, 7KOs).
Former light heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev (35-4-1, 29 KOs) will continue his run at cruiserweight by taking on the unbeaten Robin Sirwan Safar (16-0, 12 KOs) from Sweden. Also featuring is British heavyweight star of the future Moses Itauma (7-0, 5 KOs), the World Youth Amateur champion from 2022, along with cruiserweight and 2021 Olympian David Nyika (8-0, 7 KOs) from New Zealand.
George Warren CEO of Queensberry said: “The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World represents the absolute pinnacle of the sport. The eyes of the world will be on Riyadh on February 17 when Tyson Fury takes on Oleksandr Usyk.”
Shay Segev, CEO of DAZN said: “It is an honour for DAZN to have been chosen by Riyadh Season again as their global broadcast and distribution partner for “Ring of Fire”. DAZN is the undisputed home of boxing, and for this fight, we will be offering a free month’s subscription in the UK & US alongside any PPV purchase allowing fans to enjoy an unmatched catalogue of fights this spring. We share Riyadh Season’s ambitions and look forward to what we can achieve together.”
Riyadh Season brings together world-class art, music, food, theatre and sporting events to the capital of Saudi Arabia for an unparalleled winter entertainment experience. With DAZN as its global broadcast partner, fans in over 200 markets worldwide will be able to watch all Riyadh Season’s sporting events live and on-demand from their smart TVs, tablets, mobiles and games consoles, making it more accessible than ever.
About Riyadh Season:
Saudi Arabia’s capital embraces one of the world’s biggest entertainment events every year during winter. Since the launch of Riyadh Season in 2019, the festival has welcomed visitors from all over the world to experience thousands of unique entertainment events, concerts, exhibitions, and dining experiences. Riyadh Season 2023 commenced on Saturday, 28 October with a spectacular opening ceremony and the historic boxing match between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, followed up by the ‘Day of Reckoning’ on December 23 featuring Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker as the headline fights.
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