Four boxing events made DAZN’s top 10 most streamed list for 2019, including the biggest of the year, the Dec. 7 rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua from Saudi Arabia.
The results are from all DAZN services around the world, not just the United States, to be clear. DAZN is also live in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
Here are the top 10 streamed events on DAZN in 2019:
Ruiz vs Joshua II (Dec. 7)
UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs Liverpool (June 1)
UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs Barcelona (May 7)
Canelo vs Kovalev (Nov. 2)
KSI vs Logan Paul II (Nov. 9)
UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs Bayern Munich (Oct. 1)
Serie A: Milan vs Internazionale (Sept. 21)
UEFA Champions League: Ajax vs Tottenham (May 8)
UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs Liverpool (May 1)
Canelo vs Jacobs (May 4)
The list proves a couple things, I think, as far as boxing is concerned, since obviously I care about boxing and not so much the UEFA Champions League or Serie A. First off, boxing absolutely still has an audience around the world. Will it ever be consistently, super mainstream again, particularly in the US? Almost certainly not, no.
But boxing is a sport that really can be SO easy to get people to care about if you have the right fight or at least the right fighter and story. It’s a legendary, long-running sport, and for as intricately as you can seek to understand its ins and outs, in the ring and on the outside, it’s very simple: two fighters show up trying to win. One-on-one.
The other thing is also simple: nothing will ever beat a big-time heavyweight boxing fight with a story. Ruiz-Joshua 2 had a great story, and everyone cared. It was, all in all, the biggest fight of 2019.
Canelo Alvarez appearing twice is no surprise, his fights are always events.