Zhilei Zhang and Joe Joyce meet for the second time this weekend. Joyce is hoping to recover from the massive upset loss Zhang gave him in their first meeting, when Zhang pummeled Joyce’s eye with straight rights until the doctor recommended stopping the fight. Below we have the details of every major boxing streaming service, but if Zhang vs. Joyce II is all you care about, you can head straight to ESPN+ for a subscription and watch the fight there on Saturday.
If you’re new to boxing and want to catch all the bouts from the biggest stars in the sport, we can help you find the best and cheapest ways to watch boxing online. It can get complicated. Fighters are tied to specific promoters who are tied to specific streaming sites. The days of Friday night fights on network TV are long gone.
There are two main ways boxing is streamed: Pay-per-view fights and fights included in a monthly subscription. When a fight is a PPV, there’s no way of getting around that fee. Some sites give subscribers a discount on the PPV price, but when you include subscription fees it ultimately costs the same. We’ll be sure to show you the best ways to watch PPV boxing matches when they happen, but right now we’ll focus on the various subscription services that give you access to regular fights.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one streaming site that will give you every boxing match — no NFL Sunday Ticket type package. But a majority of the non-PPV fights are streamed on a handful of sites. While no one wants to add two or three more streaming services onto their monthly bill, you can get a lot of content out of these sites. For instance, some of them are also the best way to watch UFC, so if you’re a fan of both sports, you’ll only pay one bill. Here are the best subscriptions to watch boxing online.
Upcoming boxing matches
- September 23: Zhilei Zhang vs. Joe Joyce II on ESPN+
- September 23 Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda on DAZN
- September 30 Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo on Showtime PPV
- October 7: Leigh Wood vs. Josh Warrington on DAZN
- October 14: Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza on Showtime
DAZN is the streaming home for fighting. It broadcasts UFC and boxing matches multiple times a week, and even hosts PPV events. If you’re a serious boxing fan, you’ll need a DAZN subscription. It’s $25 per month or $225 for a yearly subscription. There isn’t a DAZN free trial right now. When they host PPV events, subscribers usually pay the difference between the full price of the PPV and the $25 subscription fee, so you won’t pay more than non-subscribers. If you’re in the U.K., lots of fights that are PPVs in the U.S. are included in your basic DAZN subscription (possibly because DAZN doesn’t expect people to shell out a bunch of extra money for 3 a.m. fights). DAZN has contracts with the promotion companies Golden Boy and Matchroom, so you can expect to see fighters like Ryan Garcia, Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol making exclusive DAZN appearances soon.
ESPN+ has near-weekly boxing matches as part of their exclusive contract with Top Rank boxing. These fights usually take place on Fridays and Saturdays and are included in your basic ESPN+ subscription. If you’re looking for a cheap service to watch Top Rank boxing, ESPN+ is your choice. It’s one of the cheaper boxing subscription services, only $10 per month or $100 per year. Unfortunately there isn’t an ESPN+ free trial right now, but you can always pair it with Disney+ and Hulu in the Disney Bundle, which is only $13 per month and will save you a ton if you’re interested in all three streaming services. ESPN+’s partnership with Top Rank gives them access to some of the biggest fighters out there, including Tyson Fury, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Shakur Stevenson, and many more.
Showtime hosts both PPV fights and fights that are included in a general subscription. With your basic, $11 per month Showtime subscription, you’ll get access to all the Showtime Championship Boxing matches, usually a couple every month. Showtime also hosts PPVs, like the recent Davis-Garcia megafight, and those will cost you extra. There is a Showtime free trial right now, so you can always time that with a good fight to test out the service. As Showtime merges with Paramount+, there is no indication that the channel’s boxing coverage will slow down. In fact, with HBO dropping its boxing coverage entirely, Showtime has been more than happy to pick up the slack.
FITE is another streaming service that offers a subscription package for regular fights and special PPV options as well. If you’re a fan of all martial arts, not just boxing, FITE is a great option. They broadcast MMA, wrestling, boxing and even professional jousting. If it’s a fight you want, FITE will give it to you. FITE has some free streams, but if you want access to all of their content you’ll need FITE+. That costs $8 per month, or $70 per year, making it the cheapest streaming option on this list.
Not all fights are available everywhere in the world. When subscription services try to lock you out of a fight, you can always try to spoof an internet connection in a country that does have access. We recommend NordVPN for this, as it’s the best VPN for streaming and the best VPN overall. It’s currently 59% off, making it $6.69 for a two-year subscription. There is a caveat here: Some streaming services are very mindful of VPNs, and will block your connection if they think you’re using one. It’s always worth a shot though, and there are a lot of other benefits to using a VPN besides streaming.