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Hundreds of thousands of people defied warnings from the police and illegally streamed last weekend's Joshua vs Parker boxing match.

Cybersecurity company Irdeto found 339 illegal streams offering the unification bout. The vast majority of these (207) could be found on social media like Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch. These reached around 225,000 viewers.

Another 71 streams used illicit Kodi add-ons.

In addition to this, the firm scoured e-commerce sites like eBay where it spotted a further 180 adverts for illegal streaming devices that were 'fully loaded' to offer the fight.

The fight was shown on pay-per-view service Sky Sports Box Office. Ahead of the fight, the City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit issued a warning to those thinking of watching illegal streams.

Fully loaded Kodi devices set up for illegal streams have been banned from sale from eBay, Amazon and Facebook, among others.

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