Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury Live, Parker defends the WBO heavyweight title on the road in the UK against Fury, this fight having been postponed from earlier this year, when Fury had to withdraw due to injury. It’s an intriguing matchup and one that feels like someone will be “exposed” when all is said and done. This isn’t currently listed on my pay-per-view channel, but I expect it will wind up there. Boxing will have live coverage.
According to the description in the fight’s hype video, it will cost £9.99 (UK) and €11.99 (Republic of Ireland), but there was no indication of cost for fans in the United States or elsewhere.
In any case, the concept of world championship boxing matches on YouTube is exciting for fans. It screams accessibility and it’s yet another avenue for sports fans to view live premium content without being attached to a cable or satellite company.
The fight is a battle between two of the best young heavyweights in the world. The 25-year-old Parker is 23-0 with 18 KOs. He’ll be making the second defense of his title. Fury (20-0, 10 KO), who is the younger brother of former champion Tyson Fury, turns 23 on September 18.
The winner of the fight will be in the mix to face champions like IBF and WBA titleholder Anthony Joshua, WBC champ Deontay Wilder or strong contenders like Luis Ortiz. More importantly, this fight could prove to be a trail blazer for the sport.
If engagement is high and the fight is exciting, we could see other promotions looking at YouTube as a potential partner for their fighters