"On 8 May 2018, DAZN announced that it had hired former ESPN president John Skipper as executive chairman. Skipper stated that he eventually wanted DAZN to compete directly with traditional U.S. cable sports networks (such as ESPN).

Two days later, DAZN announced that it would launch in the United States, and that it had reached a major broadcasting deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport. Under the deal, DAZN streams 32 cards per-year, including 16 British Sky Sports Box Office cards, as well as 16 held in the United States (described by Hearn as being "twelve massive shows and four absolute monsters"). Hearn claimed that the deal, which would last for at least two years, with an option for a six-year extension (totalling US$1 billion over the life of the contract if realised), was a "groundbreaking deal in the history of boxing"."

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