How to stream boxing online

Boxing is one of the most popular and lucrative sports in the world, with major fights regularly attracting huge live crowds and high-paying TV audiences. And the good news for cord cutters is that fights from boxing’s biggest promoters are available to watch via several live video streaming services.

Boxing’s roots go back thousands of years, with evidence of one-on-one fist fighting appearing in Egyptian hieroglyphs and in Ancient Rome, although these bouts were fights to the death. Boxing as we know it rekindled with the art of prizefighting, which evolved into the sport of bare-knuckle boxing in 16th-century England. It remained a sport of dubious legality until the early 20th Century.

From those shady beginnings, boxing has risen to become one of the most lucrative sports in the world. A typical match consists of nine to twelve three-minute-long rounds, controlled by a referee who ensures both boxers fight safely. The fight can end in a knockout, whereby a fighter is knocked to the floor and can’t get to his feet within 10 seconds, or it can be decided by a panel of 3 judges, who score each round based on the boxers’ performance.

The professional sport is governed by a number of bodies, including the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). In addition to professional boxing, the amateur side of things is also popular, with the best fighters from each country competing at the Olympic Games. However, these athletes must wear protective headgear, unlike their professional counterparts, and bouts tend to be shorter.

Which boxing matches can I stream?

Online video streaming services have boxing fans covered for just about any fight available via agreements with boxing promotion companies. The most popular current boxing promotion companies include:

DiBella Entertainment: A company founded by Lou DiBella, which works with fighters like Ivan Baranchyk, Regis Prograis and Tevin Farmer. DiBella is a leading advocate of women’s boxing and promotes world champions Alicia Napoleon and Amanda Serrano.

Golden Boy Promotions: A leading boxing promotion company founded by former world champion Oscar de la Hoya in partnership with Bernard Hopkins. The company’s fighters include four-division world champion Canelo Alvarez, whose fights are available through DAZN. The rights to other Golden Boy events belong to ESPN.

Matchroom Boxing: The boxing side of events promotion company Matchroom Sports, which was founded by Barry Hearn and his son Eddie. Its boxing ring includes some of the best British fighters, such as Anthony Crolla, Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Hughie Fury and Katie Taylor, as well as New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker. Matchroom Boxing fights are available through DAZN.

Mayweather Promotions: A promotional firm founded by legendary undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Gervonta Davies, the WBA Super Champion, is the organization’s most celebrated fighter. It co-promotes with Golden Boy Promotions.

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC): A boxing brand created by Al Haymon, whose roster includes Danny Garcia, former heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Shawn Porter. FOX and NBC hold the broadcast rights to PBC events. 

Sauerland Events: A promotion company founded by Wilfried Sauerland, a German boxer inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2010. It co-promotes with Matchroom Boxing USA. DAZN holds the rights to the organization’s fights.  

Top Rank Boxing: A boxing promotional company founded by Bob Arum and Jabir Herbert Muhammed, the long-time manager of Muhammad Ali. Top Rank Boxing fights will be broadcast on ESPN until 2025. This includes fights promoted by Frank Warren in the UK.

Live TV streaming services for boxing

Boxing fans have plenty of options to get their fill of live bouts from all over the world. Many live streaming services offer access to TV channels that broadcast boxing, while there are also specialist providers that are the only place to go for specific fights. 

The available options for live streaming boxing include:

AT&T TV NOW

ESPN is included in AT&T TV NOW’s Plus package, which ensures subscribers can watch Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Boxing fights live. PBC events are also available as FOX and NBC can be accessed through AT&T TV NOW depending on viewers’ location. AT&T TV NOW’s Plus package costs $65/mo. after a 7-day free trial. It enables viewing on two devices and provides 500 hours of cloud DVR storage.

Visit our AT&T TV NOW review and AT&T TV NOW channel list to read more.

DAZN

Specialist boxing streaming service DAZN brings subscribers a wealth of the biggest fights from across the boxing world. The channel has agreements with Bellator, Combate Americas, Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and World Boxing Super Series, which guarantee more than 80 live fights per year. This includes all Anthony Joshua —British two-time unified heavyweight champion — matchups as well as coverage of all fights involving Canelo Alvarez and Kazakhstani middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. In May, DAZN will also bring subscribers the much-anticipated fight between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin as well as the Oleksandr Usyk and Deryck Chisora bout.

DAZN is available for $19.99/mo. or $99.99/yr. after a 1-month free trial. Subscribers can watch via three simultaneous streams, but the service doesn’t offer the ability to record content. However, DAZN does provide a large library of on-demand content, such as fight reruns and additional inside information about featured boxers. Apple and Android mobile users can also stream the channel’s live and on-demand content through its DAZN Live Fight Sports app.

Visit our DAZN review to read more.

ESPN+

ESPN’s mobile app ESPN+ enables viewers to stream Top Rank Boxing events, as well as UFC bouts. ESPN+ costs $4.99/mo. and is available on mobile devices, computers and compatible smart TVs. However, ESPN doesn’t offer a free trial, and there’s no cloud DVR storage available, but viewers do get three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu’s Live TV offering includes ESPN in its package, which guarantees subscribers will be able to watch Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Boxing events live. It also includes NBC and FOX, which enables access to PBC matchups. Hulu + Live TV costs $49.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial, provides two simultaneous streams and 50 hours of cloud DVR storage.

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Sling TV

Sling TV subscribers can watch live Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Boxing bouts live as ESPN is included in its Orange and Orange + Blue plans. NBC is available to Sling TV viewers in certain markets, who can then enjoy PBC events. Sling TV Orange costs $30/mo. and comes with one  stream per account and 10 hours of cloud DVR storage. The Orange + Blue plan offers 4 simultaneous streams in addition to 10 hours of cloud DVR space. Sling TV extends a  $10 discount to new subscribers.

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YouTube TV

ESPN, FOX and NBC are all available through YouTube TV, which ensures subscribers can watch Golden Boy Promotions, PBC and Top Rank Boxing events. YouTube TV costs $49.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial and offers unlimited cloud DVR storage space as well as three simultaneous streams. The service permits subscribers to keep recordings for up to nine months. 

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The takeaway

Boxing fans have a wide range of options when it comes to ways to watch boxing live. DAZN is the most comprehensive option available to those who want to get as much boxing as possible, with agreements with several of the biggest promotion companies. While more all-encompassing streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV enable viewers to catch fights that air on ESPN. And don’t forget, trial memberships can be a great way to watch boxing online for free.  

Rob Latham

Rob Latham is a writer focused on technology, music, entertainment and sports. He is particularly passionate about the role that technology plays in improving peoples’ lives and helping businesses to work more effectively. He’s written marketing content for global B2B technology brands and start-ups, founded his own music blog and is a regular contributor to soccer publications. His professional background is in content marketing, public relations and journalism, and he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.