It goes without saying that Aussies love their sport more than most – and are also lucky enough to have a massive range of sports available to us via our TVs from all corners of the planet. Thanks to the huge arsenal of coverage built up by Fox Sports, the free-to-air networks and major overseas outlets like ESPN and beIN, we’ve been spoilt for choice when it comes to watching the world’s best sport.
But there’s one sport that’s been a little more difficult to get a hold of than the others – boxing. The hugely popular and often controversial sport has become a massive money-driven thing over recent decades, and with far less frequent headline events than other sports, it’s meant that the price of entry for the big-name bouts has tended to be on the high side.
The way that’s been handled in Australia, just like other countries, has been to sell those big-ticket bouts via pay-per-view. That used to be something only available via satellite or cable pay TV, or by heading down to a local venue that was showing the fight on the big screen. Pay-per-view has now come to streaming (more on that shortly) but outside of those headline fights, there’s a thriving world of boxing available to stream – and in recent months, the options for boxing fans have grown immensely.
Let’s take a look at your choices for live and on-demand boxing coverage – and you may be surprised to discover how much choice there is.
DAZN – The Boxing Specialists
Arriving in Australia right at the tail end of 2020, UK-based streaming network DAZN has been a big deal in Europe and the US for some years now. They’ve got the global streaming rights to several major boxing promoters’ events – including Matchroom, Golden Boy Boxing and GGG Promotions. And that means they’ve got full access to some of the biggest title fights in the sport, with the launch month alone seeing WBC heavyweight, super-middleweight and middleweight fights streaming live from the UK and US, with full coverage of all the lead-up to each event, including weight-ins, press conferences and more.
DAZN has launched in Australia with a sole focus on boxing, and that means first-class coverage from one of the most experienced boxing broadcast networks in the world, backed up by exclusive shows, replays, analysis, documentaries and more.
The best feature, though, is the price – only $2.99 per month. No, that’s not a typo – access to all of DAZN, including live match streams, is under three bucks a month. At that price, it’s one every boxing fan will want to sign up for and have at the ready. It’s easily the sports bargain of the year.
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Kayo – The “Netflix of Sports”
The arrival of DAZN might be a small setback for the hugely popular Kayo Sports, which has just clocked up two years of delivering over 50 sports from around the world to a growing subscriber base that’s said to be well over half a million. There’s a good reason for that, too – Kayo’s apps and platform are first-rate, letting subscribers pick the sports they care about, then keeping them up to date with the latest coverage.
Up until DAZN’s arrival, Kayo had been streaming Matchroom boxing events, but with DAZN holding global rights to that promoter, it’s unknown at this stage whether we’ll see those bouts on Kayo in the future. It may explain why Kayo’s test run of offering pay-per-view from Foxtel’s Main Event channel has turned into a regular thing – those are fights that you can’t see anywhere else, after all.
But that doesn’t mean boxing is diminished for regular Kayo subscribers – far from it. You’ll still find the boxing section packed with content, including regular live streams, full match replays dating back all the way to mid-2019, as well as plenty of shows and highlights. At $25/month for access to that as well as the rest of the vast treasure trove of sport Kayo has on offer, it’s still incredible value for money – and if it turns out that some events have gone to DAZN, the extra $2.99 a month for access to them won’t hurt the hip pocket too much.
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Sports Flick – The Contender
Australian sport streaming service Sports Flick has built itself as an alternative to the mainstream, with coverage of a range of sports and leagues that don’t get a lot of coverage elsewhere, with a focus on cricket, football and fights. When it comes to boxing, there’s not any regular coverage on Sports Flick – their focus is much more on XFC and other MMA events. But they also do pay-per-view boxing events when they have the rights to them – such as November’s Molina vs Raygoza bout in Mexico.
And as far as pay-per-view goes, Sports Flick’s prices are more reasonable than most. That Mexico fight only cost $1.99, with the XFC events sitting at around $25. A general Sports Flick subscription is $14.99 per month.
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When it comes to which devices you can stream boxing bouts on, both Kayo and DAZN come with extensive support for popular streaming devices, and though there are some differences, all support iOS and Android phones and tablets and will let you cast to a Chromecast device from them.
DAZN, having been in operation overseas for twice as long as Kayo has here, arrives in Australia with a set of apps for almost everything – with the exception of Telstra TV.
Kayo, on the other hand, has a Telstra TV app that even lets you subscribe via your Telstra account, as well as apps for most major streaming devices.
The difference between the two comes with support for smart TVs – DAZN supports both Samsung and LG, while Kayo only supports recent Samsung TVs (Sony TVs are supported by both via each service’s Android TV apps). DAZN also has more extensive game console app support.
Sports Flick is a little more limited, with support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick, as well as Android TV.
Devices supported on DAZN
– Amazon Fire TV: Yes; 1st Generation and newer
– Amazon Fire Tablet: Yes
– Amazon Fire TV Stick: Yes
– Android TV: Yes
– Apple TV 4th Gen: Yes
– Google Chromecast: Yes
– Xbox: Yes; Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
– Playstation: Yes; Playstation ® 4, Playstation ® 4 Pro
– Android Phone & Tablet: Yes; Android OS 5.0 and above
– iPhone & iPad: Yes; iOS 10.0+
– Samsung Smart TV: Yes; 2015-2019 models
– LG Smart TV: Yes; 2015-2019 models
– Roku TV / Player / Stick: Yes
– Vizio TV: Yes; P Series Quantum; P, E, M & D-Series
– Xfinity TOP SET BOX: Yes
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation and Chromecast with Google TV for optimal streaming
– Telstra TV: Yes – Split View not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models
– PS4 and Xbox One: Soon – App in development
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Generation or higher
Devices supported on Sports Flick
– PC/Mac: Yes – Microsoft Edge 15+, Safari 10+, Firefox 49+, Chrome 45+
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – iOS 10.0+ (iPhone 5 and up & iPad 4, iPad Mini 2 and up); Android 4.3+
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Gen +
– Roku: Yes – 3rd Gen +; Roku 4+ (4K)
– Android TV: Yes – 1st Gen +; 4K where available
– Fire TV: Yes – 1st Gen +
– Chromecast: Yes
The Best Choices for Boxing
There’s no denying that Kayo Sports has a massive lead in Australia with sports fans. They’ve built the service into a content-packed, fully-featured sports streaming platform, and they’re the go-to for coverage of just about any sport you might be into – including boxing.
However, the arrival of DAZN in Australia means that boxing fans now have a service to subscribe to that’s all boxing, all the time, with zero ads and the smallest subscription price of any streaming service on the market.
That makes the priority list simple; if you love your boxing, you’ll want Kayo for the big-ticket Main Event fights as well as their general coverage, and you’ll want DAZN for the bouts that they have the rights to. Luckily, DAZN’s tiny $2.99 subscription price means that it’s a near-painless extra cost to greatly expand your boxing coverage.