Matchroom Boxing and Italian boxing promoter, OPI Since 82, have signed an eight-year partnership with the over-the-top (OTT) service DAZN to stream fights in Italy.
The joint venture – named Matchroom Boxing Italy – will stage eight marque events per year, broadcast exclusively by DAZN. The first will take place in Florence’s Teatro Obi Hall on 30th November.
The event will feature match-ups between several Italian and British fighters, including home favourite Fabio Turchi in his WBC International Silver Cruiserweightdefence against Britain’s former Commonwealth Champion Tony Conquest.
“This is another landmark moment for Matchroom Boxing as we continue our global expansion with over 50 shows a year, worldwide,” said Eddie Hearn, managing direction at Matchroom Boxing.
“Italy has lots of potential and we have the ability with DAZN and OPI to make a huge difference to the sport and inspire a new generation of fighters.”
This partnership builds on DAZN’s boxing portfolio, which saw the launch of Matchroom Boxing USA in May, as part of a US$1 billion joint venture.
“We are delighted with this bold new partnership that will bring great boxing back to Italy,” said Veronica Diquattro, DAZN’s executive vice president in Italy.
“The partnership brings significant investment to rebuild boxing in our country, and at the same time enriches DAZN’s multi-sport offering for fans who can watch the best sport whenever and wherever they want.”
The opening night also sees Andrea Scarpa clash with Joe Hughes for the vacant EBU European Super-Lightweight title, while Devis Boschiero takes on former European champion Martin J Ward for the WBC International Silver Super-Featherweight title.
“DAZN have shown their passion and commitment to the sport of boxing worldwide for which we are very grateful and we are looking forward to long and successful collaboration,” said OPI’s Christian Cherchi.