DAZN has joined up with Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa Productions for a “global creative partnership” that will see the first DAZN Originals film launch in November.
ONE NIGHT: Joshua v Ruiz will air on DAZN and the DAZN YouTube Channel in the build-up to the 7th December rematch, and will tell the story of Andy Ruiz Jr’s shock victory over then-undefeated World Champion Anthony Joshua. Directed by DAZN’s Director of Original Programming Deirdre Fenton, the documentary is executively produced by Stallone himself, alongside Balboa Productions partner Kourosh Taj and Carrie Keagan for No Good Entertainment.
The online broadcaster says that the original documentary will be the first in a new feature series called ONE NIGHT, which will look back at “indelible nights in recent boxing history” with additional projects to come out of the partnership announced shortly.
Sylvester Stallone said: “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. 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.”
Jamie Horowitz, EVP Content for DAZN North America, added: “For the first film in this series, we wanted to tell the definitive story of an unlikely underdog boxer achieving what few thought possible. We are honored to be able to partner with Sylvester Stallone, the creator of the greatest underdog boxing story of all-time.”