Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury could be shown on Sky Sports, BT Sport, ESPN AND DAZN PPV, reveals Eddie Hearn
ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury's mega-fight could be shown on Sky Sports, BT Sport, ESPN AND DAZN on pay-per-view, Eddie Hearn said.
Heavyweight kings Joshua and Fury are still in negotiations for a Battle of Britain which could total £200million.
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But a major sticking point is both their respected UK and US broadcasters, who will need to come together.
AJ, 31, has an exclusive deal with Sky and DAZN while Fury, 32, fights on BT and ESPN.
But promoter Hearn is confident the four platforms can strike a deal which would see the rights shared.
He said: "I don't think it will be difficult. There's a solution for everybody.
"The two broadcast issues are DAZN and ESPN in America – AJ has a matching rights deal with DAZN and Fury has an exclusive deal with ESPN.
"When you flip that in the UK, AJ has an exclusive deal with Sky and Fury has matching rights with BT.
"Is there a deal where all four of those parties can carry broadcast of the fight? Yeah, I believe there is.
"I can't speak on behalf of Sky, but I'm not sure they would have an issue with saying to the public, 'You can watch on Sky or BT."
HBO and Showtime partnered up in 2002 to allow Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis to meet.
But it was 13 years till there was another duel broadcast, when the same two American networks worked together for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio to finally fight.
More recently, ESPN and FOX cross-promoted as Fury dethroned Deontay Wilder, 35, of the WBC crown.
And it has set a precedents to follow as the boxing world demands an undisputed title decider between the Gypsy King and Joshua.
But, DAZN is traditionally streaming service with a monthly payment, unlike the one-off PPV price.
It would make sharing rights more difficult, however, the subscription-based platform did launch a box office option for Canelo Alvarez's last fight.
DAZN linked up with cable TV charging a PPV price of $69.99 for Canelo's win over Callum Smith, which also included a four months subscription.
If the same can be done for Joshua and Fury alongside ESPN in the US, it overcomes another hurdle.
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