If you ever wonder how long humans have been interested in watching boxing, you can be safe in the knowledge that it is a very, very long time.
The Sweet Science may have only graduated into the spectacle it is today following the Marquess of Queensberry publicly endorsing and lending his name to a code which still stands. The Queensberry Rules, which developed boxing from bare-knuckle brawls, bringing a structure to the sport, were initially drafted in London all the way back in 1865.
Less than 70 years later, in 1933, the first televised boxing bout between Archie Sexton and Laurie Aiteri was aired by the BBC. From then on, it is safe to say, televised boxing became a pretty big deal. These days, scores of boxing bouts are televised, streamed, and purchased every single week.
So, how are you watching? Below, we take a look at the best ways to watch boxing online.
Paying to Watch Boxing Online
Boxing is a huge industry these days. The stellar qualities which are required in order to be considered as a superstar in modern times typically include more than just a fighter’s skill set. Boxing purists may scoff, but unfortunately, this is a different sport to what it was even two decades ago. Ask Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he will tell you that the ability to sell pay-per-views is just as important – if not even more important – as beating the best fighters in your division.
Why is this? Considering pay-per-view buys are essentially the most reliable barometer of a fighter’s popularity, he who sells more is the bigger star. Now, us, the buyer, must obviously decide if a fight is worth the price.
Watching Boxing on Sky Sports
Sky Sports has had some pretty excellent coverage of boxing bouts all over the world since it first came to prominence in the 1990’s. Many fans will have memories of watching Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton, and a number of other British fighters battle their way to the top. This is not to mention the mega events involving the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Evander Holyfield.
Sky’s control on boxing over this side of the pond wilted a little but is certainly beginning to look as peerless as it was in the 1990’s. This is majorly off the back of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom deal, which will see perhaps Britain’s most hyped fighter ever, Anthony Joshua, make the broadcaster his home for the foreseeable future. Then, there is Hearn’s billion dollar deal with DAZN which will see Sky show 16 more U.S bouts per year.
You can watch the majority of the fights via a monthly subscription which should set you back no more than the price of a couple of takeaway pizzas, with pay-per-events incurring an additional charge. You can stream the action to your desktop, mobile, or tablet/other device seamlessly.
Watching Boxing on BoxNation
And then, of course, there is BoxNation. Frank Warren’s TV station has been the home of many great boxing match ups over the past few years. You can expect some tasty match-ups involving the best boxers of Warren’s fight stable, including Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and many more.
BoxNation is only really rivalled by Sky Sports in the UK for boxing bouts. Like Sky, you can purchase a subscription to the channel and/or pay for individual fights as and where available. Like Sky Sports, you can watch the fights via your TV/cable box on Sky, Virgin, BT TV, TalkTalk, Freeview, or via a mobile device.
BoxNation is reasonably priced at around the cost of a few pints, and there is no obligation to sign up for a fixed contract.
Watching Boxing on BT Sport
BT Sport signed a deal with BoxNation which sees over 30 of the biggest events in the world of boxing, broadcast via BT Sports; TV channels and their app/mobile sites. It seems pointless to sign up for BT Sport just to peruse the services of BoxNation if you only intend on wanting Frank Warren’s boxing channel, however. All the action is available via BT Sport, nonetheless.
Watching Boxing for Free Online
Yes, Mildred; it is not uncommon for people to abandon their morals and take money out of the pockets of Mr Hearn and Mr Warren by streaming or downloading the fights for free. Are we recommending it? No. We are highlighting how boxing fans can watch the fights online, and we are not in the business of insulting the average man’s intelligence by pretending it cannot be done via the following channels:
Watching Boxing via in-Browser Streaming Sites
According to research, viewers who cannot purchase subscriptions or pay-per-view admissions tend to use websites such as myp2p.eu, cricfree.org, or rojadirect.online to watch fights. The problem with these sites is that – while they can often be a good source for fights – they are not really compatible with the most moral of ways to watch boxing.
According to user comments on some sites, these in-browser streaming websites may be susceptible to crashing or being removed from time to time due to piracy violations.
Watching Boxing via Acestream, Kodi; Android
Acestream is broadcast via a peer-to-peer network, which means that it relies on viewers; uploads to maintain quality. There are add-ons which can be used within Kodi and on Android, making it a popular way to watch sites for free.
Mobdro is also another way to access free fights, with many of the world’s boxing channels available to access without paying. The onus is on the viewer to access these sites, as there may be a number of violations they break just by streaming the content.
Watching Boxing via Torrents
Torrent sites will have a number of bouts available to watch after the events, which can be a good way for fight fans to catch up on the action. Once again, this is a free way to watch fights but is not considered lawful in most countries.
There is no getting around the fact that -for the biggest boxing bouts – some will pay and some will not. Which camp you want to be in is entirely up to you, just make sure that you understand the laws governing privacy in your country, if it is the latter.