Over 20 Million People Illegally Streamed Fury vs. Usyk

According to reports, at least 20 million people illegally streamed the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Undisputed Heavyweight Fight. 

The Daily Mail claims there were 2,000 streaming locations across the globe. 18 percent of those, which amounted to four million people, were in the UK. 25 percent were in North America, equivalent to 5 million people. Those fans saw Usyk become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion with a split-decision win.

The Ukrainian became the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The huge occasion understandably drew in a big audience. However, the illegal streams reportedly caused a loss of $120 million in revenue. The fight was broadcast on DAZN globally, and the network has now responded. 

“Sports piracy is theft. DAZN invests a significant amount in combatting it, using technology to monitor the activity of users, and educating fans about the risks.It may seem a victimless crime, but most illegal feeds are provided by criminal networks or carry the risk of phishing and identity theft. Our advice is don’t risk the sport you care about, or your own data, by using illegal feeds,” DAZN spokesperson 

The rise of illegal streaming has been put down to several factors. The fight was broadcast on DAZN, ESPN, Sky Sports and TNT. Not all of these networks are available in all countries. The PPV price was also criticized, with boxing fans being charged $69.99 in the US. UK fans paid approximately $32 for the same event. While the 20 million figure could be inflated, the news has gotten boxing fans talking.  


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