Katie Taylor becomes leading name on DAZN platform after record-breaking deal

Katie Taylor looks set to take centre stage in DAZN’s push to become a major boxing force.

The streaming platform have persuaded Eddie Hearn to end a very successful and decade-long partnership with Sky Sports, taking Matchroom Boxing down a new broadcast route.

Having signed a five-year deal said to be worth a record five figures the entire Matchroom stable bar heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte will now migrate across platforms to DAZN.

With the two big heavyweights still free to fight on Sky it means Taylor becomes one of Matchroom’s biggest DAZN names and a premium star alongside the likes of Callum Smith, Lawerence Okolie and Conor Benn on the roster.

DAZN have already broadcast the Irish sensations bouts in territories outside of the UK to great success. Indeed having seen the value of the Irish star the powers that be in the streaming service have pushed for an all-female fight card on more than one occasion and are keen for Tayor to top New York shows.

It all leads to Taylor becoming a key component to the record-breaking link up moving forward.

It also means the undisputed lightweight’s world champion’s last bout on Sky Sports will be her clash with Natasha Jonas on May 1, a card James Tennyson also appears on and the same most likely goes for the Belfast puncher.

In terms of Irish fight fans taking in Taylor and viewing Taylor bouts they have to sign up to DAZN, which is affordable at around 2e euro a month.

According to The Athletic, the new contract comes into effect as soon as July 1 and as a result the May 15 card that see’s Tommy McCarthy in European title action will be Matchroom and Sky’s last together.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com