Boxing fans have been left fuming after finding out the pay-per-view price for Anthony Joshua's rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
AJ will try to reclaim his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles from the undefeated Usyk in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 20. The Brit recently signed a deal with streaming service DAZN worth $100million (£83m).
But his next fight will be shown by Sky Sports, who put in a lower offer than Joshua's new partners at £25m but won the rights as Saudi officials favoured their exposure. Sky will look to recoup their investment on Sky Sports Box Office – at £26.95 a pop.
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That figure makes Joshua vs Usyk II, which is being billed as 'Rage on the Red Sea', the most expensive PPV in UK history. Their first fight last September was £2 cheaper at £24.95.
The news was not well received online, with one Twitter user writing: "Rather never watch a boxing event ever again that pay that for this fight, absolute day light robbery."
Another commented: "I hope Usyk sleeps this greedy p**** man… might as well max out PPV value for his last fight. I defo ain’t buying now."
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A third wrote: "Put the price up, don't go much on that. People pay enough for Sky as it is." One said: "I’ve watched most of Joshua’s fights so far and paid but I am skipping this one."
And another frustrated fan posted: "Amazing with the cost of everything going up and the millions they all get you would of thought they would of helped and say done it £20. They not be multi millionaires without the fans…… They need to remember that."
Joshua and Usyk have agreed ahead of their second bout to a 50/50 split of the fight purse, which is being funded by the Saudi Public Investment fund and totals $80m (£65.4m). Both fighters are expected to make around £100m overall, though.
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