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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

PEACOCK STREAMS EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF BOXXER CARD FEATURING UNBEATEN, TOP-RANKED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: JOSHUA BUATSI VS. DAN AZEEZ, THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 3, AT 2 P.M. ET

No. 1 Ranked Light Heavyweight Contender Buatsi faces No. 2 Azeez in 12-Round Bout Live from OVO Arena Wembley in London

Co-Main Event Headlined by Adam Azim’s First Defense of European Super Lightweight Title against Enock Poulsen Live on Peacock

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 1, 2024 – Peacock exclusively streams live coverage of this Saturday’s BOXXER card beginning at 2 p.m. ET as top light heavyweight contenders No.1-ranked Joshua Buatsi and No. 2-ranked Dan Azeez put a decade-long friendship aside in a 12-round bout from OVO Arena Wembley in London.

Saturday’s fight puts Azeez’s British and Commonwealth Titles up for grabs and serves as a final eliminator for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship currently held by Dmitry Bivol. The bout was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 21, 2023, before Azeez suffered a back injury in his final training session, forcing a postponement of the event to this weekend.

Azeez (19-0, 13 KOs) last fought on July 5, 2023, outpointing Khalid Graidia in an eight-round victory. Buatsi (17-0, 13 KOs) earned a win via unanimous decision in his last fight vs. Paewl Stepien on May 6, 2023.

Saturday’s card features four bouts leading into Buatsi-Azeez, including Adam Azim (10-0, 7 KOs) making the first defense of his EBU European Super Lightweight Title against undefeated former champion Enock Poulsen (14-0, 5 KOs) in a 12-round bout.

Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker (5-0, 4 KOs), coming off a highlight reel knockout of Stiven Leonetti Dredhaj in December, takes on Swiss-based French fighter Khalid Graidia (10-13-5, 2 KOs) over eight rounds.

Caroline Dubois (8-0, 5 KOs) faces American contender Miranda Reyes (7-1-1, 3 KOs) in a defense of her IBO World Lightweight Title in a 10-round bout.

Opening the Peacock livestream at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, heavyweight hopeful Jeamie ‘TKV’ Tshikeva (5-1, 3 KOs) looks to get back to winning ways after suffering his first career defeat this past September when he squares off against British-based Ukrainian Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko (10-14, 7 KOs) in a six-round bout.

BOXXER, the fastest growing boxing promotional company in the UK, and NBC Sports recently announced a media rights partnership that brings the biggest events and brightest stars in boxing to U.S. audiences. The bouts will stream LIVE exclusively in the United States on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock with select events airing on NBC.

NBC Sports has brought boxing to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939, when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer at Yankee Stadium. Over the decades to follow, NBC Sports’ coverage of the sport showcased stars including Joe Louis, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, and Larry Holmes.

Peacock’s expansive programming features live coverage including Big Ten Football and Basketball, Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Premier League, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, and much more.  Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.

ABOUT BOXXER

BOXXER is a next-generation professional boxing promotion and the exclusive provider of boxing content to Sky Sports, the UK’s biggest sports television platform. We believe in the power of boxing and the next generation. Founded by the youngest licensed boxing promoter in the UK, Ben Shalom, our focus is to bring inclusivity, innovation and entertainment to one of the oldest sports in the world.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS

NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. As the sports division of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLB, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming.

 

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