Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk for a second time on Saturday night in hopes of regaining the heavyweight titles he lost to the Ukrainian last year.
The Usyk vs Joshua 2 fight will be available to viewers in the UK on Sky Sports box officeCosts £26.95 with the main event expected to start around 10.15pm BST on Saturday night.
The high pay-per-view fee makes it one of the most lucrative sporting events of the year. However, piracy experts warn that this will likely result in millions of boxing fans looking for illegal live streams to watch the fight for free.
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Illegal streams have become a common feature of large live events in recent years and can be easily found through search engines like Google and DuckDuckGo, as well as on popular websites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.
Although some streaming services only make money from a barrage of online ads, others try to capitalize on the event’s popularity by scamming site visitors.
Recent research by cybersecurity firm Opentext Security Solutions found that 90 percent of 50 streaming sites analyzed were classified as “risky,” with over 40 percent lacking the required security certificate.
“These illegal streaming sites are often run by criminal companies to steal and resell users’ personal information,” said Kelvin Murray, senior threat researcher at Opentext Security Solutions The Independent.
“As the operators of these websites get smarter, the scams they use to trick users into giving up their information will become harder to spot. Therefore, we recommend avoiding these types of websites and not putting yourself at risk.”
The proliferation of illegal streaming sites and the ease with which they can be found online has drawn nearly 10 million people to watch the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder fight over the past year.
To protect rightsholders and curb the proliferation of free links to watch high-profile events, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) launched a 2021 campaign to raise awareness of the risks involved.
Ahead of this weekend’s fight between Joshua and Usyk, FACT CEO Kieron Sharp said: “Illegal viewing of content puts users’ data at significant risk from hackers and organized criminals, and worryingly exposes children to explicit content.
“To protect our children and our privacy, viewers are only allowed to watch content through the legal providers.”
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