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In the latest of its recently announced forays into fighting, live and on-demand sports streaming service DAZN has entered into a global creative partnership with Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions.
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The first project will be the launch of a new feature documentary series called One Night, a group of films looking back at indelible nights in recent boxing history, the first of which on 20 November will feature the night Andy Ruiz pulled off the biggest boxing upset in decades by scoring a seventh-round TKO of then-undefeated heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. The documentary tells the story of just how incredibly unlikely it was and how it almost never happened. Ruiz’s win turned him from a virtual unknown into a global superstar overnight.

Additional projects and details will be announced in the coming months with programming shown on the core DAZN platform and the DAZN YouTube channel.

One Night is executively produced by Sylvester Stallone, along with partner Kourosh Taj for Balboa Productions, Carrie Keagan for No Good Entertainment and DAZN. ONE NIGHT is directed by 30-for-30 alum and DAZN new director of original programming at Deirdre Fenton, producer of Academy Award-winning documentary O.J. Made In America.

“My Hollywood script came to life that historic June night when unknown boxer Andy Ruiz achieved a victory that shocked the world. It was the real life Rocky and the perfect story to kick off our partnership with DAZN,” said Stallone. “There is nothing like the world of boxing...the drama, the humanity, the agony, and the ecstasy. This sport reveals the souls of these courageous warriors like no other sport can so it’s a privilege to be very involved with DAZN and their revolutionary programming.”

“For the first film in this series, we wanted to tell the definitive story of an unlikely underdog boxer achieving what few thought possible,” added Jamie Horowitz, EVP content for DAZN North America. “We are honoured to be able to partner with Sylvester Stallone, the creator of the greatest underdog boxing story of all-time.”