Fans of boxing know just how hard it has been to watch their favorite sport without cable. But times have changed and with a little effort you can cut the cord and not miss a thing.
In a hurry? If you don’t want to dive into the details of watching boxing without cable, these services provide you with great access:
- DAZN: focused on combat sports, it offers great boxing coverage for the amazing cost of only $99.99 for a whole year!
- ESPN+: offering a wide array of sports, it also brings you great boxing coverage — all for just $6.99/mo or $69.99 for a whole year!
- Sling TV: a great overall live TV streaming service, it is the only one that offers access to pay-per-view events. Try it for one month for only $10!
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Events air on multiple channels, but they are rarely on channels that you can get with a digital antenna. Boxing often airs on ESPN networks, Showtime, and other networks. All of these channels are available without cable. Increasingly, boxing events air exclusively on streaming services like DAZN and FITE TV.
If you’re a cord-cutter you don’t have to go without boxing. You just need to find the right service to watch your favorite sports. With that in mind, here are the best ways to watch boxing online without cable.
Where Is Boxing Being Shown
Boxing is available on a wide variety of channels and services. As a result, it is confusing to find the boxing you want. And the common use of pay-per-view (PPV) only makes things more complex.
General Boxing Coverage
You can see boxing anywhere sports are broadcast. For example, boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be aired by USA. But mostly, the distribution of boxing comes via a small number of sources:
- DAZN: although a general sports streaming service, in recent years they’ve focused on combat sports with a lot of exclusive boxing events.
- ESPN: runs Top Rank boxing events on ESPN but primarily on ESPN+.
- FITE TV: streams primarily combat sports with a lot of boxing.
- Fox: airs Premier Boxing Champions events primarily on FS1 (simulcast on Fox Deportes) and sometimes on Fox itself.
- Showtime: home for a lot of top boxing events.
PPV Boxing Coverage
A great deal of boxing still comes in the form of pay-per-view events. Interestingly, two of the best sources for boxing — DAZN and ESPN+ — do not provide PPV events.
Why Boxing Is Better Without Cable
If you have cable, you might not understand why people are leaving it in droves to sign up for streaming services. There are plenty of reasons why someone might leave cable for one (or more) streaming services.
Here are some of the top reasons:
- Streaming is cheaper with plans as low as $5, depending on the service you want. Most services are much cheaper than the average $100+ cable bill.
- Similar channel availability at a lower cost.
- Watch TV live from anywhere with a device and an internet connection.
- Stream on TV, mobile devices, or streaming devices that give you more options.
- Most services offer on-demand libraries, DVR access (for free), and other perks.
- Most services are all-inclusive – there are no hidden fees and with the exception of PPV events, everything in a package is included at no additional fees.
These are just some of the reasons why people are trying streaming. Remember, most of these services are available without contracts so you can sign up and cancel on your own schedule. Many services also offer a free trial, which means you can try many of these services without any risk or financial obligation.
Now let’s look at the services that you can use to watch boxing online without cable!
How to Watch Boxing Without Cable
Boxing is available on a wide variety of channels and services. However, if you’re looking for exclusive fights and access to the catalogs of the best fighters, you’re going to want to check out the best streaming services.
DAZN is a sports-streaming service that features some of today’s top fighters, MMA events, soccer, and more. You can stream DAZN on most devices. The price is $19.99 per month, which includes everything (no hidden fees or extra costs for premium content).
But if you are a boxing fan, you will want to sign up for DAZN for the year, because it only costs $99.99 — that’s just $8.33 per month! In other words: you pay for 5 months and get the remaining 7 months free!
More details about DAZN:
- Watch Matchroom USA, Golden Boy Promotions, Bellator, and more
- Offers MMA and other combat sports (and more beyond that)
- Plans from $19.99/mo or $99.99/yr
- Watch live or on-demand
- Watch on most streaming devices
- More than 100 Fight Nights per year
- Special events like the World Boxing Super Series
- Cancel anytime.
No matter where you want to watch boxing, you’ll be able to do it with DAZN as long as you have your device and a stable internet connection. You won’t have to sign any contracts, so if you try it and it’s not for you, you’re free to cancel at any time.
Our DAZN review can tell you more.
ESPN+ is a great choice for streaming sports on the cheap. Packages start at $5.99/mo. (Starting Aug 13, 2021, the price is going up to $6.99/mo.) You get access to boxing, UFC, college sports, Olympics coverage, MLS, PGA, NFL, NBA, and most other sports.
You can watch live or on-demand content whenever you want. While this service is owned by ESPN, the content is different and exclusive to this service. So, even if you have access to ESPN, you’ll find different programming here.
Here are some ESPN+ highlights:
- Prices from $5.99/mo or $59.99/yr ($6.99/mo or $69.99/yr starting Aug 13, 2021)
- Watch Top Rank Boxing, UFC, MLB, college sports, PGA, and more
- The on-demand library features the 30 for 30 series, sporting events, and more
- Stream on most devices including popular gaming consoles.
ESPN+ is one of the cheapest ways to enjoy sports without cable. You can watch live or on-demand and it only costs $5.99 per month. It’s hard to beat that. You can stream ESPN on most devices, from the location of your choice. So, you can enjoy sports at home or on the go.
Our ESPN+ review has more information.
FITE TV is a sports-streaming service that specializes in combat sports (including boxing) as well as some other international sports. Everything is included in the monthly cost, other than the cost of PPV events. FITE TV provides subscribers with a $2 monthly credit toward PPV events if you decide to purchase any.
FITE TV costs $4.99/mo or $49.99/yr. Everything is commercial-free. Most content is available both live and on-demand.
More details about Fite:
- Watch boxing, wrestling, MMA, soccer, and more
- Plans start from $4.99/mo or $49.99/yr
- Watch content live or on-demand
- Stream using most mobile and streaming devices
- Try FITE for free with a 7-day trial!
FITE is a great choice if you want to watch boxing. You’ll also find soccer, international sports, and much more. Like the other services we’ve discussed, many of the fights shown here are exclusive to the service.
Best of all: you can cancel whenever you want, so if it’s not for you, just cancel, and you won’t be billed again.
Learn more in our Fite TV review.
Sling TV is a low-cost live TV streaming service. Its Sling Orange plan includes 30+ channels including ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 for just $35.00/mo. You can combine it with the Sling Blue plan for a total of $50.00/mo. That gives you 50+ channels including FS1 and NBCSN as well as the local affiliates for Fox and NBC in most areas.
What makes Sling TV standout regarding boxing is that it provides access to PPV events. This is a nice feature to have and goes along with Sling TV’s commitment to integration — great for viewers who don’t like switching from app to app.
Here are some of Sling TV’s highlights:
- Low price for a great selection of live TV
- Huge number of add-ons allows you to get just the channels you want
- Watch on up to 4 devices simultaneously with the Orange/Blue plan
- Cloud DVR included with 50 hours of storage
- First month for just $10!
Learn more in our complete Sling TV review.
Other Ways to Stream Boxing without Cable
While the services listed above are some of the best ways to watch boxing, there are other services worth considering. Here are some additional options.
- Hulu + Live TV: Enjoy 85+ channels including multiple Fox Sports and ESPN channels for $64.99/mo. Also provides access to UFC PPV events.
- FuboTV: For $69.99/mo, it provides 100+ channels including over 35 sports-oriented ones. It’s probably the best streaming service for the general sports fan.
- Vidgo: A great low-cost service ($55.00/mo) with over 95 channels with 6 from ESPN, FS1, FS2, NFL Network, and even NFL RedZone!
- AT&T TV: Offering packages from $69.99/mo for 65+ channels featuring ESPN, FS1, and more.
- YouTube TV: A good overall streaming service featuring 85+ channels for $64.99 including ESPN, FS1, and NFL Network.
Watch Boxing on Your HD TV and Other Devices
Just because you abandon cable or satellite TV doesn’t mean you have to watch while hunched over your laptop computer.
All of the streaming services we’ve discussed above support Samsung smart TVs as well as the main TV devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku. They also support Android mobile as well as iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices. Also supported is Chromecast, which allows you to stream from your service app directly to your TV.
Other than AT&T TV, everyone supports the Xbox One and Xbox Series. Both DAZN, ESPN+, and FITE TV also support the PlayStation. If you don’t see your device listed, check with the streaming service.
All of the services you’ve learned about here are excellent ways to watch sports without cable. DAZN, ESPN+, and Fite are all great ways to watch boxing, but they offer other sports, too. Each service offers exclusive fights.
You might find that one service is right for you, or you might want to opt for a combination of services to get access to as many events as possible. No matter what you choose, there are multiple options available to allow you to watch boxing without cable.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments!
Will there be women’s boxing at the 2020 Olympics?
There will be women’s boxing at the 2020 Olympic Games. Although women have been competing in various Olympic sports since the 1900 Games, they only started participating in boxing as of 2012. The 2020 Olympics will feature the usual 13 events, but they have reduced the men’s events to 8 weight classes and increased the women’s to 5.
Why wasn’t boxing at the 1912 Olympics?
Boxing has been a mainstay of the Summer Olympics since they first started at the 1904 Games. But in 1912, there was no boxing. This is because the Games were held in Stockholm, Sweden. Boxing was banned in the country. In fact, it only ended its most recent ban in 2007 and the sport remains highly regulated to this day.
Can you watch boxing on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime offers UCF PPV but they don’t appear to offer boxing at this time. You can, however, watch boxing on Amazon Prime through the Showtime Channel. It costs $10.99/mo for Prime members. Note that you can get Showtime for the same price through most live TV streaming services like FuboTV.
How can I watch the fight tonight without cable?
If there is a boxing match tonight, it is almost certainly streaming on one of the major services: DAZN, ESPN+, FITE, FS1, or Showtime. You can check their schedules. There are also many websites that publish lists of upcoming events including where they will air. The most notable is Box.Live.
Which app can I watch boxing on?
There are a lot of TV streaming apps around that are of questionable legality. Any time you see an app that promises that you can stream hundreds of channels for free, it is almost certainly illegal or some kind of scam. You can get apps like Kodi that allow you to stream boxing matches that you have access to.
Does Hulu have boxing?
The base Hulu + Live TV offers live TV channels like ESPN and FS1, which air boxing. But you can also get the ESPN+ add-on with Hulu, which will greatly increase your access to boxing. You can get it alone or as part of the Disney bundle.