World title unification fight will be first UHD pay-per-view event

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Sky Sports is to show boxer Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight world title unification fight with Joseph Parker in Ultra High Definition (UHD), the broadcaster has announced.

The 31 March bout at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which is being made available on Sky Box Office, will be the first Pay-Per-View (PPV) event to be shown by Sky in UHD. Sky is also touting it as a world first for PPV.

Sky Sports head of boxing Adam Smith said: “With the addition of Ultra HD, this will be a night of boxing like you’ve never seen before. Every punch and movement during the fight will be amplified on screen and each drop of sweat will be enhanced with four times better picture quality. The technology enables Sky Sports Box Office to bring you closer to the action in the ring than ever before.”

The much-anticipated fight will see both boxers put unbeaten records on the line as well as their IBF, WBA ’Super and WBO World Heavyweight belts.

Although Joshua versus Parker is considered to be the first PPV bout to be shown in UHD, the first boxing bill to be shown in UHD in the UK took place in April 2017 when BT Sport covered Terry Flanagan against Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena.