In the age of illegal streaming of fights it appears that Sky are making an example out of one fight fan in the UK following last year’s mega fight in Wembley.
Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko was arguably one of the best fights of 2017.
Filled with action throughout and an incredible 90,000 attendance at Wembley stadium in London.
There was also a significant number who bought the event on pay per view in the UK, or otherwise watched it on other TV outlets around the world at the time.
It was estimated however that hundreds of thousands of viewers in the UK alone streamed the fight. Costing Sky potentially millions.
The Mirrior have reported that 34-year-old Craig Foster from the UK was sent an £85,000 bill from Sky and had his subscription cut off.
Despite him paying the £19.95 to watch the fight on the night, after a drunk friend reportedly then used his computer to start a Facebook live stream from his TV set that went out to a large audience on Facebook.
Speaking to the Mirror, Foster said:
“They’re making an example of me. I know streaming the fight was wrong. I didn’t stop my friend but I was watching the boxing. I’m just a bloke who had a few drinks with his friends.”
The battle between illegal streaming sites / platforms continues to wage on in sports after recently it was also reported that Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor was one of the most illegally streamed events of all time.