The heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will be broadcast in the United States on both Fox Sports and ESPN’s pay-per-view platform, starting at $79.99. Pay-per-view cards begin at 9 p.m. Eastern on Saturdays. And yes, it’s a bit unusual for two big sports networks to hold the same event, although it’s one of the quirks that ever-present in boxing.
Fury is promoted by Top Rank, which has a media deal with ESPN, and Wilder fights under the banner Premier Boxing Champions, which airs its feuds with Fox Sports and Showtime. Rival promoters and broadcast platforms have collaborated for the last two Fury-Wilder matchups to signal how important these events are to the world of boxing.
The two-hour preliminary card debuts at 7 p.m. Eastern, and in the United States it is being broadcast on both ESPN and Fox Sports 1. A set of preliminary prelims was also streamed on ESPN’s YouTube channel.
The main event between the Wilder and Fury main event will likely begin just after 11 a.m. – and probably closer to midnight Eastern. It largely depends on the results of the previous matches.
Here’s a look at the main card and starting card matches (note that matches can sometimes change with little or no notice):
Tyson Fury (30-0-1) vs. Deontay Wilder (42-1-1), World Boxing Council World Heavyweight Title, 12 rounds
Efe Ajagba (15-0) vs. Frank Sanchez (18-0), World Boxing Council Continental America and World Boxing Organization NABO Heavyweight Title, 10 rounds
Robert Helenius (30-3) vs. Adam Konaki (20-1), heavyweight, 12 rounds
Jared Anderson (9-0) vs. Vladimir Tereshkin (22-1), heavyweight, round eight
Edgar Berlanga (17-0) vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres (30-2-1), vacant World Boxing Organization NABO Super Middleweight title, 10 rounds
Julian Williams (27-2-1) vs. Vladimir Hernandez (12-4), Super Welterweight, Round 10