LIVE STREAM: Khan vs Vargas
Ahead of DAZN’s U.S. launch, the live and on-demand sports streaming platform announced it will make Amir Khan vs. Samuel Vargas available for free on Facebook and Twitter. The Matchroom Boxing fight card will air live on Saturday, Sept. 8 from Arena Birmingham in the U.K. with the main event beginning at approximately 5 p.m. ET.
The fights will appear on the @DAZNUSA Facebook page and via the @DAZN_USA Twitter handle, and fans won’t need to be signed up for DAZN to watch the fight.
“As part of our joint venture with Matchroom Boxing, we held the rights to Khan vs. Vargas but DAZN doesn’t go live in the U.S. until Sept. 10. We fully recognize Khan’s broad appeal and will work with Facebook and Twitter to give U.S. fight fans an opportunity to see his fight for free,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN SVP, North America. “Cheers! This one is on us.”
Former unified light welterweight world champion Khan (32-4, 20 KOs), back in action following his knockout of Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds, will take on Colombian-Canadian contender Samuel Vargas (29-3, 14 KOs) in the 12-round welterweight main event.
“One of my aims this year was to be as active as possible, so I’m very happy to get back in the ring again so soon against Samuel Vargas,” said Khan when the fight was announced in June. “Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some top welterweights, including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.”
The Facebook and Twitter streams will begin at approximately 3 p.m. ET, featuring the Jason Welborn vs. Tommy Langford rematch following Welborn’s snatching of the British Middleweight title from Langford via split decision in May, as well as the junior middleweight tilt Ryan Kelly vs. Kelcie Ball.
“Amir Khan is back and although there is a lot of talk about massive fights on the horizon he must come through this test against Vargas in style. With DAZN launching later this month, we wanted to give Amir the biggest audience possible so U.S. fans can see how sharp and determined he looks,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom President. “Enjoy this card on us and then come back to check out DAZN’s top-notch platform and live sports production starting Sept. 22, when the heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua defends his belts against Alexander Povetkin.”
DAZN’s stacked fall lineup of exclusive fights features Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22, Bellator 206 on Sept. 29, Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme on Oct. 6, Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade on Oct. 20, among many others. Fans can sign up for DAZN by registering at DAZN.com or by downloading the DAZN app on a wide range of connected devices, including smart TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets and game consoles, when the service goes live on Sept. 10.
For more information, fans can follow DAZN’s U.S. social channels: @DAZNUSA on Facebook, @DAZN_USA for Twitter, and DAZN_USA for Instagram.
MATCHROOM BOXING UK BOOST LIVE STREAMING OFFERING FOR NEW SEASON
Matchroom Boxing UK are delighted to announce Former Middleweight World Champion Darren Barker alongside Chris Lloyd will present a series of new fight week build up events to be streamed live on social media and for international broadcast partners.
Kicking off the new boxing season in Birmingham this Thursday – ‘Last word’ will stream either side of the Amir Khan vs Samuel Vargas press conference with a host of fighters speaking exclusively, concluding their media duties for the week.
On a Friday of fight week – ‘Off the scales’ focuses on all the action at the official weigh-in. Continuing the countdown to fight night, the show will offer a final preview and give fans analysis and opinion from the camps, media and promoter.
‘Before the bell’ is the fight day show which airs live and exclusive on location in the arena as the clock ticks down to doors opening and the opening bell sounding.
“We’re delighted to welcome Darren back in to the Matchroom fold and bring Chris onboard to help launch an improved streaming offering to fans across our social media channels during the fight week build up,” said Scott Hammerton, Matchroom Boxing’s Head of Social Media.
“Live content is being digested more and more and this allows fans to experience additional behind the scenes coverage and exclusivity, for each of our shows moving forward.
“For our Saturday show – Fans can expect to see in depth fight previews, statistical breakdowns, expert tips and an array of guests at each event starting in Birmingham with Eddie, World Champion Kal Yafai, rapper JayKae and Lewis Ritson who fights on the night.”
Former IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker links back up with Matchroom five years on from his crowning moment and subsequent retirement.
“I’m very proud to be working back with Matchroom, the promotional outfit that guided me to a World Title, “ said Barker.
“It’s a golden era for British boxing and to be back involved in these huge shows, which showcases some exceptional talent and World class fighters is fantastic.”
Barker is joined by Chris Lloyd, who has been working with Matchroom behind the scenes over the past couple of years and brings various experience in producing, directing and commentary to the table.
“I’m hugely excited to be working on this new venture with Matchroom Boxing. The way we are viewing sport globally is changing,” said Lloyd.
“We’re hoping to bring a fresh approach to content, to compliment the already brilliant work of our partners at Sky Sports Boxing. We want to encourage positive participation from the fans watching online; It is their show as much as ours. I can’t wait to get started.”