Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title fight, which controversially ended in a draw on Saturday was illegally watched by nearly 10m people. According to data from piracy-tracking company, Muso, 9,982,144 people viewed the fight via a piracy stream, including more than one million in the UK.
BT Sport had the rights to broadcast the fight in the UK, via their Box Office service, charging fight fans £19.95. Whilst Showtime aired the event via pay-per-view (PPV) at a price of $74.99. The millions of illegal views across the globe means that rights holders missed out on millions in revenue.
According to the figures released by Muso the fight was available via 133 piracy streaming domains and 80 YouTube Live links. Although YouTube does offer sophisticated tools to rights holders to prevent their content being uploaded, there is clearly room for improvement.
Since the fight there has been a lot of speculation regarding a rematch between Wilder and Fury. With the latter saying that he’d love it to be at Old Trafford in the summer. For all boxing opportunities please contact Matt House here.