Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweight title clash with Hughie Fury is in fully on track following the announcement of a Pay-Per-View platform on YouTube.
Speculation had been rife of unrest in the Parker camp on the back of no UK TV deal being secured by Mick Hennessy for the September 23 contest, although WBN has it on good authority that the fight is all in order.
The top division clash will be GEO blocked in territories involving Parker and his team, whilst Fury’s promoter Hennessy is hoping to blaze a trail that encourages more high-profile contests to be broadcast online.
One reaction in the wake of this week’s ‘ground-breaking’ deal with YouTube is from the fans, though, as some are unhappy at what they perceive to be degrading of the world heavyweight title by streaming on the video outlet and charging £9.99 for the privilege.
WBN has been informed by Hennessy Sports that a full production reveal will be forthcoming in the days that follow as Fury bids to rip the title away from Parker in his first defence at Manchester Arena.
Fury’s trainer and father Peter, meanwhile is delighted with the TV outcome and sees the streaming of top encounters as being the norm in the future despite some scepticism from a majority of the UK paying public.
An undercard of at least ten confirmed bouts will accompany the headliner later this month, with Hennessy promising to show a portion of the card of free-to-air before the signal is scrambled.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay