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Fury vs Usyk: UK Radio Blackout as Fans Face Pay-Per-View

May 16, 2024

By Tom Morgan, Sports News Correspondent

UK fans eagerly anticipating the biggest heavyweight bout in 25 years between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will be left without any live radio coverage. The BBC's efforts to secure audio rights for Radio 5 Live have been unsuccessful, forcing fans to explore alternative options.

Radio Silence

The BBC's popular boxing commentary team failed to strike an agreement, leaving the airwaves silent during the Fury-Usyk clash. Talks with deal-makers in Saudi Arabia stalled, and the corporation confirmed, "Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure audio rights to this fight."

Pay-Per-View Dilemma

With no live radio coverage, fans seeking round-by-round commentary must now choose between paying a £24.99 one-off fee via DAZN PPV, Sky Sports Box Office, or TNT Sports Box Office. The alternative radio option, TalkSport, remains unavailable due to a strained relationship with Fury.

Controversy and Showdown

The Fury-Usyk showdown marks the first time in 25 years that two heavyweights vie for the unified title. The build-up has been marred by controversy, including an altercation where Fury's father, John, was left bleeding after a confrontation with a member of the Usyk camp. Despite the drama, fans eagerly await the contest for a reported £116 million purse.

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