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Dazn Reports 98% Streaming Spike In 2019; Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua Rematch Was Top Draw

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Dazn Reports 98% Streaming Spike In 2019; Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua Rematch Was Top Draw
Rising global sports outlet Dazn reported a 98% rise in total streaming hours in 2019, to 507 million from 256 million.

The rematch in December between heavyweight fighters Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. was the most-viewed event of the year, though Dazn did not break out viewership stats for any individual events. The numbers shared Tuesday reflect both live and on-demand viewing, but the vast majority of consumption on Dazn is live, reflecting the nature of sports. Consistent with the approach of most subscription streaming services, which don’t rely on traditional advertising revenue driven by ratings, Dazn generally releases only select bits of data about viewing on its platform.

Based in the UK and backed by billionaire Len Blavatnik, Dazn operates in nine countries, including Japan, Germany, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada. John Skipper, who spent 20 years at ESPN, six of them as its president, has been overseeing Dazn’s expansion as its executive chairman.
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Lil Nas X Highlights YouTube’s Top Videos of 2019

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YouTube revealed its top videos of the year on Thursday, with Lil Nas X and Shawn Mendes being two of the standout performers when it came to music videos, while established creators like PewDiePie also made an appearance on its year-end roundup.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which featured Billy Ray Cyrus, was the most-viewed music video in the U.S. this year. The video for the mammoth single, which was uploaded in early April, has racked up nearly 470 million views so far — even though it only includes the song and artwork of two horses galloping; the live-action music video that came out the following month, pulling in about 400 million views, ended up being the fifth most-viewed U.S. music video of the year.

Internationally, though, the song was “only” the fifth most-liked music video of the year, falling behind Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, who grabbed the top slot with “Senorita.
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Gabriel Iglesias Wants to Play Andy Ruiz In Hollywood Movie!

  • TMZ
Gabriel Iglesias Wants to Play Andy Ruiz In Hollywood Movie!
If Hollywood decided to green-light a movie about heavyweight boxing champ Andy Ruiz -- there's another huge star who's already making his pitch for the role ... Gabriel Iglesias!!! The superstar comic is a big-time boxing fan -- and says he was Stoked when Ruiz put a beating on Anthony Joshua in the upset of the decade.  In fact, Ruiz says he Really wants to see Joshua sign on for the rematch so Ruiz can prove
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Boxer Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller Says Failed Drug Test Cost Him $30 Mil

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Boxer Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller Says Failed Drug Test Cost Him $30 Mil
Heavyweight boxer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller says the failed drug test that forced him out of his fight against Anthony Joshua cost him around $30 Million!!!! ... and yeah, he still thinks about it all the time!! Remember, Miller was the guy Originally slated to fight Aj on June 1 at Madison Square Garden -- but when "Big Baby" failed the test, Joshua's people signed Andy Ruiz as a last-minute replacement.  And, we all know what happened next
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Daniel Cormier Says Looks Don't Matter, Fat Guys Can Fight!

  • TMZ
Ufc legend Daniel Cormier says he's tired of people thinking combat sports is a beauty contest, saying both him and Andy Ruiz Jr. prove the fact that Fat Guys Can Fight!!! Ruiz set the Keto diet back 10 years when he knocked out Anthony Joshua a couple weeks ago ... making blubbery brawlers all over the world believe in the power of the ponch. We talked to Cormier and he told our guy it's about damn time,
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Andy Ruiz Movie Role Ain't For Me, Says 'Ant-Man' Star Michael Pena

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Andy Ruiz Movie Role Ain't For Me, Says 'Ant-Man' Star Michael Pena
Michael Pena has played everyone from Cesar Chavez to Luis in "Ant-Man" ... but the one role you Won't see him in is heavyweight boxing champ, Andy Ruiz.  ... and why? "Because I'd have to gain a lot of weight, my wife would kill me!" Don't get it twisted, Pena has a ton of respect for Ruiz and thinks he has a great story to tell ... but Ruiz is 270 lbs -- and Pena is wayyyyy smaller.  Of course,
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Just Try Not to Crack a Smile Over These Photos of Prince Harry With Boxer Anthony Joshua

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Prince Harry just couldn't hide his handsome grin as he stepped out for the launch of Made by Sport at Black Prince Trust in London on Wednesday. The royal looked dapper in a gray jacket and black slacks as he supported the campaign, which aims to bring together "a coalition of charities supporting disadvantaged young people through sport." The 34-year-old father of baby Archie even stepped into the ring, but he didn't pull any punches. Instead, he had a giggling fit with British boxer Anthony Joshua as they posed for a few photos. Seriously, that is just too much hotness for one photo!

Lucky for us, this isn't the first swoon-worthy Harry outing we've gotten this week. On Tuesday, the royal attended the Sentebale Audi charity concert at Surrey's Hampton Court Palace followed by his meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal. Not to mention, Harry was joined by wife
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Tyson Fury Says He Never Signed Rematch Contract with Deontay Wilder

  • TMZ
So, when we spoke with Fury on Thursday we were shocked when he called Bs on Wilder's claims.  "I've signed nothing," Fury says ... "Not that I'm aware of unless someone signed it for me, which is illegal." So, why would Wilder make that public statement? Fury has a theory ...  "Cause he sucks, that's why ... and he's trying to get some fame off of my back." We're reaching out to Wilder to get his side of the story.
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Anthony Joshua All Smiles With Prince Harry At Charity Event After Loss

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Anthony Joshua All Smiles With Prince Harry At Charity Event After Loss
Anthony Joshua didn't look like a guy who just lost all his championship belts on Wednesday ... grinning from ear-to-ear with Prince Harry at a charity event!! The British boxing superstar was back in the gym to support the launch of the Made By Sport campaign, an organization created to help youth connect with sports in disadvantaged communities. Joshua had a blast with the kids in attendance ... giving out some boxing tips and chatting it up with his buddy,
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Boxing Champ Andy Ruiz Jr. Meets President of Mexico

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Boxing Champ Andy Ruiz Jr. Meets President of Mexico
Donald Trump and the White House will have to wait ... 'cause Andy Ruiz Jr. hopped on a private jet to meet the President of Mexico at the Palacio Nacional on Tuesday!! The heavyweight champ is still reaping the benefits from his shocking upset win over Anthony Joshua on June 1 ... getting the VIP treatment from Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City. "Tocayo Presidente @lopezobrador es un honor y sueño hecho realidad poder compartir este momento con usted.
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Boxing Champ Andy Ruiz Jr. Enjoys Low-Key Mexican Meal with Mariachis

  • TMZ
Andy Ruiz Jr. ain't one to let a little thing like a boxing title change up his dining preferences -- the dude digs authentic Mexican ... even if it means getting it from a hole-in-the-wall joint.  The newly-minted heavyweight champ -- who recently stunned the world by defeating the heavily-favored Anthony Joshua -- was spotted chowing down at a low-key Mexican chain Friday with his girlfriend and the rest of his fam in El Centro, CA
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Boxer Steve Rolls Says He's the Next Andy Ruiz, Gonna Upset Ggg!!

  • TMZ
One of the biggest upsets in boxing history just went down when Andy Ruiz Jr. beat Anthony Joshua ... and Steve Rolls says he's about to follow suit ... telling TMZ Sports he's gonna beat Ggg!! Gennady Golovkin is coming off his first career loss at the hands of Canelo Alvarez ... and is a Massive favorite in this weekend's fight at Msg ... but Rolls says he's gonna hand him a second-straight L. "As soon as I got
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Anthony Joshua Doesn't Remember Anything From 3rd Round Of Ruiz Fight

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Anthony Joshua Doesn't Remember Anything From 3rd Round Of Ruiz Fight
Anthony Joshua has zero recollection of the disastrous 3rd rd. of his Andy Ruiz fight ... where he was pummeled and knocked down twice -- this according to his promoter Eddie Hearn. Joshua was a massive favorite in the fight against Ruiz ... but was stopped in the 7th round in one of the most shocking upsets in boxing history.  Hearn sat down on Dazn and opened up about the fight and revealed Joshua legit doesn't recall
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Joey Chestnut Devoured 200 Doughnuts in Eating Contest But Still Lost

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Joey Chestnut Devoured 200 Doughnuts in Eating Contest But Still Lost
Joey Chestnut's celebration of National Doughnut Day is a bitter pastry to swallow, because like Anthony Joshua's upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. -- Joey's gone down like a bag of ... y'know.  The famous wiener-eating champ strolled into Friday's second annual World Hostess Donettes-Eating Championship in Austin as the reigning champ but walked away settling for second place. The winner -- Geoffrey Esper from Oxford, Ma -- did him 35 better for this year's belt.
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Andy Ruiz Gunning For Deontay Wilder, 'I Gotta Get Joshua First'

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Andy Ruiz Gunning For Deontay Wilder, 'I Gotta Get Joshua First'
Andy Ruiz says he's ready to do something Anthony Joshua wouldn't do -- actually make a fight with Deontay Wilder ... telling TMZ Sports, "That's what we're aiming for!" Oh, and Ruiz also says The Drake Curse Is Real!!!! The heavyweight boxing champ was leaving "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Tuesday when we asked about a potential fight with The Bronze Bomber ... and Ruiz told us he's all the way down!! "But, first things first," Ruiz said ... "I gotta get Joshua.
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Shawn Porter Challenges Errol Spence, Says He's Gonna Beat Him, Take His Belt

  • TMZ
Errol Spence Jr. is arguably the lb.-for-lb. Baddest dude in boxing ... but Shawn Porter ain't scared, telling TMZ Sports he's gonna beat Errol up and take his belt!!! Porter -- the Wbc welterweight champion -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) ... and called out Spence -- the undefeated Ibf welterweight champ. "We can talk about Errol Spence being the boogeyman. I don't mind. We can talk about Errol
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George Foreman Offers To Manage Anthony Joshua, 'Needs Someone Like Me'

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George Foreman Offers To Manage Anthony Joshua, 'Needs Someone Like Me'
George Foreman says Anthony Joshua can be champion again ... and he's offering to help the former undefeated fighter, telling TMZ Sports, "He needs someone like me." Joshua lost via Tko at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. at Msg Saturday night ... in one of the most shocking boxing upsets of all-time. The loss made a lot of people question Joshua's greatness ... and whether he's truly elite. Not former 2x heavyweight champ George Foreman ... who actually
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Oscar De La Hoya Predicts Long Run For Andy Ruiz As Champ, 'He's The Man'

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Oscar De La Hoya Predicts Long Run For Andy Ruiz As Champ, 'He's The Man'
Andy Ruiz will be known for Way More than just beating Anthony Joshua ... so says Oscar De La Hoya, who tells TMZ Sports Ar is going to have a long run as champ!!! "Imagine all the confidence he has now," De La Hoya says. Ruiz shocked the world on Saturday night when he knocked down Joshua Four times and made the heavyweight champ quit in the 7th-round. But, some have already pegged Ruiz as the
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Buster Douglas Says Ruiz Beating Anthony Joshua's One Of Biggest Upsets Ever

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Buster Douglas Says Ruiz Beating Anthony Joshua's One Of Biggest Upsets Ever
Buster Douglas -- the man who Shocked the world and beat Mike Tyson -- tells TMZ Sports ... Andy Ruiz's Tko of Anthony Joshua is one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Bigger than his 1990 upset of undefeated heavyweight champ "Iron" Mike?? Buster -- a 42-1 underdog when he Ko'd Tyson in the 10th round -- wouldn't pick which was bigger ... but was clear, this fight was historic. "I think it was a great fight,
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Andy Ruiz Jr. Tops Anthony Joshua In Massive Boxing Upset, Becomes First Mexican Heritage Heavyweight Champion

A massive 25-1 underdog stunned the boxing world Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden, winning the heavyweight championship and becoming the first Mexican heritage fighter to take the title.

Andy Ruiz Jr. dropped Anthony Joshua four times before the fight was stopped at 1:27 of the seventh round. Ruiz, whose tubby frame was the opposite of Joshua’s chiseled body, was a late replacement for Brooklyn’s Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the bout.

The astonishing win was reminiscent of Mike Tyson’s upset loss to Buster Douglas, or Muhammad Ali being beaten by Leon Spinks.

Ruiz was himself knocked down early in the third round, but came back strong in the same round and dropped Joshua twice. He also dropped him twice in the seventh round.

“I just want to thank God for giving me this victory,” Ruiz said to a standing ovation from the sold-out Msg crowd.
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