BBC snubbed over Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk as followers face UK radio blackout | EUROtoday

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The BBC has been snubbed in its efforts to land the Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk conflict for Radio 5 Live as followers are as a substitute pressured to fork out £25 for pay-per-view.

A failure to strike an settlement for the company’s common boxing commentary group leaves the most important heavyweight combat in 25 years with none UK radio protection in any respect.

“Unfortunately we have not been able to secure audio rights to this fight,” the company mentioned because it emerged talks had stalled with deal-makers in Saudi Arabia.

With no reside protection on the radio, these wishing to listen to reside round-by-round commentary will probably be pressured to pay a £24.99 one-off charge by way of DAZN PPV, Sky Sports Box Office or TNT Sports Box Office.

The various radio possibility would have been TalkSport, however the station is alleged to have a troublesome relationship with Fury.

The report in The Times additionally claims Saudi promoters have taken concern with the industrial station elevating questions over Saudi Arabia as a boxing venue.

Deals to agree radio protection for main fights are sometimes determined on the eleventh hour and there was confidence amongst insiders that an settlement was in sight when the BBC flew out this week. However, the deal fell by means of on Wednesday.

The Fury-Usyk showdown is the primary time that two heavyweights have fought for the unified title since Lennox Lewis secured such standing by beating Evander Holyfield 25 years in the past.

The build-up to the combat has introduced controversy, nevertheless, with Fury’s father John left bleeding from his brow after he butted a member of the Usyk camp.

Security workers needed to intervene because the ugly scenes unfolded on the resort the place media occasions have been being launched for combat week, which is able to culminate in a contest for a reported £116 million purse.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/boxing/2024/05/16/bbc-tyson-fury-oleksandr-usyk-radio-5-live-snub-pay-view/