Showtime lands rights to Joshua-Parker
Showtime, the premium US entertainment cable and satellite channel, is to show next month’s fight between boxing heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker after beating rival HBO to rights to the event.
The title unification fight between the British fighter, who holds the WBA and IBF belts, and Parker, who is the WBO champion, is taking place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 31 March.
The fight is expected to begin at 5pm Eastern time in USA.
Showtime has aired all four of Joshua’s title defences over the last few years but Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which is Joshua’s promoter, also offered the Joshua-Parker fight to HBO, the cable and satellite entertainment channel.
According to ESPN, HBO offered $1.95 million for the US rights to Joshua’s fight against the undefeated New Zealander.
HBO also lost out on the rights to air Joshua’s last fight against Carlos Takam in October after it was reported to have entered a bid of $1.6 million.
In the UK, Sky Sports Box Office, the broadcaster’s pay-per-view service, will be showing the Joshua-Parker bout.
In April last year, Joshua’s thrilling victory over Wladimir Klitschko reportedly broke the British PPV record on Box Office. That fight was also shown on Showtime.