DAZN, the leading global sports destination, has teamed up with BFBS, the military charity and media organisation, to make the highly-anticipated super-middleweight unification title fight between pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez and undefeated WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders available live to serving military communities overseas this weekend.
DAZN’s coverage of the fight will be available free of charge to the armed forces and their families currently serving in 20+ overseas territories on BFBS TV.
The agreement continues an ongoing partnership that will include additional blockbuster fights and original content across the rest of 2021.
BFBS’ Director of Broadcasting and Entertainment Nicky Ness said:
“DAZN has done it again with another fantastic boost to the British military community serving overseas by extending their exclusive coverage of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders title fight this weekend, one of the boxing highlights of 2021.
"It’s hard to explain just how much of an impact a partnership such as the one between DAZN and BFBS has on the wellbeing and morale of the UK Armed Forces, with an event so many are so keen to see, including aboard Royal Navy ships at sea.
"On behalf of those personnel keeping us safe at home, we really are very grateful for the continuing support.”
DAZN’s EVP Joseph Markowski said:
“After the success of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith fight last December, it’s fantastic to see the partnership between DAZN and BFBS continue to flourish as we bring more can’t-miss fights to armed forces communities serving overseas – including this weekend’s battle.
"We hope servicemen and servicewomen will enjoy what’s set to be an all-time classic wherever they are around the world.”
Mexican champion Canelo Alvarez continues his quest to become the first undisputed world super-middleweight champion in boxing history, when he faces Billy Joe Saunders in a highly anticipated unification battle at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
All the main card action will begin May 8 at 8pm EST / May 9 at 1am BST, with Canelo and Saunders expected to make their ring walks a few hours later, May 8 at 11pm EST / May 9 at 4am BST.
Canelo sets his sights on undefeated British middleweight Saunders, the man holding the WBO 168-pound title belt he needs towards boxing legacy.
Meanwhile, Saunders will be looking to keep his 0 and hand the Mexican his first defeat since 2013, while claiming the ultimate prize of Canelo’s WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight titles.