Speaking ahead of the clash, Kieran Sharp, CEO of FACT, told Express.co.uk: “With the Povetkin fight taking place this weekend, and fans still unable to attend the fight or watch it in the pub, many supporters may be tempted to turn to illegal streaming to access the fight. But, many fans are unaware of the hidden dangers of boxing piracy, and it’s really important that they understand the risks.
“Three out of five people in the UK (62%) are unaware that illegal streaming can lead to fraud, identity theft, and malware – and even link to criminal gangs. During the past 12 months, there’s been an increase in piracy over the various lockdowns with FACT having removed double the volume of illegal film links in April 2020 compared to February 2020.”
Along with watching online for free, fans should be careful about sharing paid-for content from their TVs to social media platforms. Back in 2017, a boxing fan from Bristol was ordered to pay legal costs of over £16,000 and to disclose details about the money he’d made and people he colluded with for re-streaming Sky Sports content online illegally.