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By Dominic Smithers
The wait is almost over, Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley are about to go head to head in their hotly-anticipated tear-up.
And if you're planning on tuning in to see whether or not the YouTuber-turned-boxer can defeat the UFC legend, you'll want to read the following.
While interest in the fight is enormous, there are still plenty of people out there who don't fancy paying the £16.95 ($23.23) for the privilege.
And those thinking of illegally streaming the bout could be in a whole lot of trouble if they're caught.
Since 2017, the maximum sentence for illegal streaming in the UK has been 10 years in prison as well a hefty fine.
Even the more lenient end of the sentencing guidelines could mean viewers watching illegally would be hit with a six-month suspended sentence and a £5,000 fine.
But while the law is there primarily to prevent people from stealing content and making a profit out of it, there are a number of other risks involved.
Kieron Sharp is an ex-police officer and CEO of FACT, the leader in intellectual property protection in the UK.
He recently explained that a huge number of people in the UK don't know anything about the potential problems that illegal streaming can cause.
And he pointed out that there are links to organised crime within the illegal streaming world.
"Fans may not be aware of the dangers of viewing boxing illegally, but they must understand the risks," said Kevin.
"Three out of five people in the UK (62 percent) are unaware that illegal streaming can lead to fraud, identity theft and malware - as well as links to criminal gangs.
Cybersecurity firm Webroot recently found that 92 percent of illegal streaming sites used for sports piracy over a weekend in April were promoting a range of Bitcoin scams, mobile apps scams and malware threats - so it's clear how prominent the threat is to unsuspecting users.
"Consumers should know that piracy originates from sophisticated, unlawful enterprises that put money directly in the pockets of criminal gangs.
"This is not a grey area - viewing the bout through the official providers is the only way to watch it legally and avoid putting yourself and your family at risk."
But those of you watching legally, having paid the proper price, can enjoy the spectacle in peace - and who knows, should he lose, you could see Paul receive a very embarrassing tattoo.
During a recent press conference, a wager was made between the two, which will see the loser permanently stamped with 'I love', followed by their opponent's name.
Speaking to fellow the True Geordie, aka Brian Davis, Paul confirmed that he would indeed be bringing a tattoo artist with him to the fight.
He said: "I have a tattoo artist, one of the biggest tattoo artists in the world, Tattoo Baby, is coming to the fight.
"She has her equipment, so after the fight I'm sending her to his dressing room to get it done, I swear."
Featured Image Credit: PA
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