Canelo Signs With DAZN And What It Could Mean For Matchroom USA

Canelo Signs With DAZN And What It Could Mean For Matchroom USA

There are not a lot of constants in boxing, it is a sport where things inside and outside the ring are constantly evolving but the one thing the sport will always retain is its power to shock. Today we woke up to the news that boxing’s biggest superstar had signed a five year deal with newly launched (in the US) streaming app DAZN, a deal worth $365m. DAZN may be the new boys in the US market but they are cash rich and look to be throwing everything at cracking the market to becoming one of the world’s biggest online sport’s platforms.

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For years Canelo Alvarez has been the face of HBO boxing, the pinnacle of  boxing in terms of super fights. A platform steeped in boxing history. A few weeks ago HBO announced it was pulling out of boxing leaving the superstar without a home. Although DAZN are cash rich this deal came as a shock to most as DAZN already have a $1B eight year deal in place with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and Golden Boy promotions who look after Canelo Alvarez have stated publicly “We are not interested in Co-Promoting Canelo”. As more details have emerged about this deal it has became clear that this deal is between Golden Boy and DAZN, separate from the Matchroom USA deal. This looks like a moment of genius from John Skipper, the Executive Chairman of Performance Group, the owners of DAZN. Skipper looks to have rekindled and relationship with Oscar De La Hoya after both knew each other from their time working together for ESPN, not just bringing in Canelo but also securing a home for Golden Boy and their stable.image.png

So what does this mean for Eddie Hearn and Matchroom USA ? 

Well as it stand it is impossible for us to tell for sure. It was reported that on DAZN Apps launch night which featured AJ vs Povetkin fight, that subscription numbers were particularly poor, in the low tens of thousands if some reports are to be believed . This could mean one of two things for Hearn in my opinion. When DAZN announced their $1B deal with Eddie Hearn it was clear from early on that Eddie had targets to hit. Any fighters signed to the new deal was only offered a short term bumper deals, which most declined and any decent names were co-promotion deals. With HBO pulling the plug on boxing this could be a sign that DAZN may have decided to go another way, i mean its not everyday that the biggest star in boxing becomes a free agent. I’m not saying DAZN will ditch Matchroom USA completely, i am saying that DAZN are looking to build a platform on the back of Canelo and not Matchroom, maybe in the next quarter Matchroom USA will find their budget for putting on shows dramatically cut as DAZN have already secured the rights to stream Anthony Joshua fights from the UK along with Canelo’s fights, It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

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We could also look at this another way. Eddie Hearn has worked with performance group now for over five years, together they have signed some massive deals outside of the US market so we know that there is a good working relationship between both parties. This may well be DAZN telling Eddie Hearn that they know they had given him a near impossible task to crack the US and this is their way of pushing things along. There can be no doubt that this deal puts matchroom USA in a significantly stronger position as subscribers will buy into DAZN in massive numbers to see Canelo, but these people will still be viewing the platforms other shows putting Hearn in a great position to build his own star.

One thing is for sure, this deal isn’t bad for boxing. The way in which boxing is evolving on the business side of things i think it actually makes sense for a platform NOT to be exclusive to one promoter. Any sort of negotiations between Matchroom and Golden Boy just became a hell of a lot easier.

Steven Donnell

World Boxing Super Series – Josh Taylor Presser

World Boxing Super Series – Josh Taylor Presser

Glasgow , 15th October 

This tournament has been described as the Champions League of boxing in the past and when you walk into the press conference you certainly get that feel . Representation from all the major media outlets were in attendance from BBC to ITV (STV) , then you have your big players in the boxing media like Ring Mag and IFL in attendance , but something the WBSS has got right when it comes to the media is that it’s not ” Job’s for the Boys” which is usually the case with these big showpiece events . The World Boxing Super Series have on more than one occasion now made space for small independent outlets like myself which is a breath of fresh air .

Nisse Sauerland got thing’s underway in the presser outlining exactly just what this tournament is trying to do  ….build stars . Nisse also emphasised that this tournament is aimed at a global audience  so although they faced criticism for Season 1 final being in Saudi Arabia they won’t change . Josh Taylor looked in fantastic shape and we found out why . Taylor now has a permanent training base in London which means he isn’t spending the full camps . Taylor said he ready fight now,  a couple of weeks out from fight night and predicts still with some hard training to come in the next two weeks he will be in the best shape of his career .

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After the initial press conference we had time to catch up with Josh and Nisse

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Competition Outside The Ring May Damage Competition Inside The Ring

Competition Outside The Ring May Damage Competition Inside The Ring

Every sport need’s one vital ingredient to thrive and that is competition . In boxing there is nothing that comes close to watching two evenly matched fighters battle it out to see who can find that extra something within themselves to get the victory . With competition comes rivalries and it is the rivalries that help elevate sport to a global audience . Where boxing is now tripping itself up is now we have promoters following the above blueprint of competition and it is damaging the sport . image.png

Don King is probably the most famous or infamous promoter of all time bringing us some of the most timeless fights of all time , but Don King was a big Lion in a small jungle  . King didn’t need to worry about multiple platforms and online streaming platforms as competition all aligned with different promoters all cash rich from big TV deals . Don King could make the biggest fights in boxing because he could make the fighters the most money , a very simple but effective model which no longer works in today’s game .

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In the past couple of years we have seen boxing explode across multiple platforms in the UK and the US with more TV dates to fill than the sport has ever seen . Now some people may think this is a good thing for boxing , after all competition is good right ? Well not necessarily in this instance . One major flaw is that we will now see boxers put on TV before they are ready due to the amount date that need to be filled  , which will be detrimental to their development  . All boxing fans know how important the small hall scene is to the progression of a boxer . To use an old apprenticeship term “It’s where you serve your time” and like an apprentice you will go to work for a low wage in exchange for an education in your trade . How many young fighter’s will suffer at the hands of promoters only interested in filing TV slots . It is a very real possibility that the standards of boxing show’s will drop dramatically which will damage the sport .  image.png

There is another flaw in these massive multi platform deals is that crossover fights will be pretty non-existent . The same reason that see Super fights happen few and far between we will now see fringe world level to mid-level boxers stopped from crossing over . TV dates will trump a fighter progression . What we see is certain promoters trying to corner certain division and keep everything in house which is not healthy . With fighters not being allowed to the cross a divide it will inevitably lead to more one sided fights .

Right now there probably isn’t a better time for a boxer to be a free agent .

Steven Donnell

DJay News Portal – Week 3

DJay News Portal – Week 3

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10 years in jail for Russian Mafia ties for boxer

This guy was some character in and out the ring .

Taylor + Burnett confirmed for Glasgow SSE Hydro

Fantastic news !! The hydro really is a top venue for boxing and with the class and uniqueness of the WBSS some people will be in for a shock

Usyk signs Co-Promotion deal with Matchroom

I’m a massive fan of Usyk . This looks like Bellew fight is on and that Usyk WILL be moving to Heavyweight soon

Jono Carroll link back up with Matchroom

Great signing for Eddie . I believe Jono is on the cusp of big things and he is an entertainer

Frankie Gavin is giving it one last go

Gavin had the talent but lacked the heart . I think he has missed the bus and will be shown up in Spain .

Haymon signs biggest boxing TV deal in history

Not great news for DAZN who are really struggling to get off the ground . The US is market is all but closed off

Canelo vs GGG 24/7

Another classic from HBO , a must watch from boxing’s top 2 superstars

Hearn- Brook could steal Pacquiao from Khan

Brook has been told he must return to 147lbs , which he said he WILL do . Funny because he wanted Khan to move up .

Frampton advising gym mate how to beat Ohara

This is fantastic . All fighters who want progress need to be willing to learn from the best and Catteral is willing to do that .

Burnett vs Donaire looks set for Glasgow…NOT Belfast

Well this is not the news Irish fans will be wanting but I have no doubt Glasgow will be jumping with support for him .

WBA shameful rankings

The WBA once again are the joke of Boxing . Reading through there top ten I was literally clueless to who these people are

Mistaken Identity for Jack Dempsey

This a must read and I will be talking about it on next months pod , fantastic story

Alex Saucedo interview with DjayBoxing

We caught up with Alex after his fantastic fight with Lenny Zappavigna and how he is getting ready for a world title fight with Maurice Hooker

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Alex Saucedo Interview – The Man Bringing Boxing Back In The Sooner State

Alex Saucedo Interview – The Man Bringing Boxing Back In The Sooner State

When you think of Oklahoma you think of a musical , or if you are a keen American historian you may know  Oklahoma is the place where the native Americans where sent after being evicted from there home lands back in the 19th century , but in amongst all that Oklahoma has a proud boxing history . It was a misdemeanour to take part in prize fighting until the 1970s , an unpopular law , so the good people of Oklahoma simply ignored it . the very first Championship boxing bout took place in the city when Denmark’s Battling Dane defended his world title . Officially the next boxing bout that took place in the city was in the 1970’s but it is known that the most important Heavyweight Champion ever Jack Johnson fought in Oklahoma , the very first ever black heavyweight world champion , so has Sugar Ray Robinson and George Forman . But Oklahoma like many cities has struggled to become a relevant boxing city as it didn’t have a Boxing Commission until 1999 .image.png

After years of struggling to find professional boxers for the city to get behind it now looks like they finally have a young talent to throw there support towards  . Alex Saucedo (24) has already been compared to the legendary Arturo Gatti , a comparison that the boxing world does not throw around lightly , but if anybody happened to catch Alex Saucido’s last fight against Lenny Zappavigna you can see why he is well on his way to earning the comparisons , and the Oklahoma crowd love it .

I asked Alex what it was like to win such a dramatic fight against Lenny Z .

” This was a very tough fight because both of us wanted to win because we knew the winner would go and fight Maurice Hooker for the WBO World Title . Both of us didn’t want to go down so it became a war . Im just happy that the fans enjoyed the fight and i came through it and thats all that really matters . ”

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At just 24 Alex is still learning the finer points of boxing but that night in the sooner state he proved he had the heart of a lion which means he is half way there to becoming a champion . I asked Alex if he had watched the fight back and what had he learned from that night that will push him on to the next level .

” Watching it back he caught me with a good shot in the fourth but i stuck in there and that definitely gave me vital championship experience for the next upcoming fight against Hooker . Me and my trainer (Abel Sanchez) sat down and we watched the fight back together . We were able to see what i did wrong but we also seen a lot of what i did right . Right after Canelo vs GGG fight he will be waiting for me up at Big Bear . I am already training here in Oklahoma City so when i get up there we can work on the finer things and we will be training really hard for this next fight . ”

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When I was watching Saucedo/Zappavigna fight on TV it was astonishing the noise coming from the Oklahoma crowd , something that you don’t really hear from an American live audience. There was a point in that fight where Saucedo looked to be on the brink of going down as he was hurt badly by Zappavigna and the 24 year old has no doubts about what kept him going.

” In that fourth round i just knew i couldn’t go down in front of my people . That is why I do all this training, to prepare for situations like that but the support of the crowd pushes you up and I loved that, I loved that all those people came out to support me and I appreciate everyone of them ”

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Next up for “El Cholo” is WBO World Champion Maurice Hooker who is coming off a fantastic win against Terry Flannigan. It was widely expected that this fight would be shown on Eddie Hearn’s new online platform/partner DAZN but after Hooker/Saucido went to purse bids it was Top Rank who coughed up the money for there man with a whopping $1.6m. I asked Alex what it was like to be backed by your promotion team with such a big bid to secure the fight for him in front of his home fans in Oklahoma .

” Hooker is a very good fighter , he may even be the best fighter I have ever faced and thats why he is the world champion . It’s great that Top Rank and ESPN have shown this faith in me and it means a lot. I told them to get ready because i am going to give them some great fights .

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Sometime when you interview a fighter you get the feeling it is just a job to them but with Alex Saucedo you can tell that this lad wants to go to the top. When talking about a very hard fight he had recently Alex was the one who brought up all the things he done wrong in that fantastic victory. His fight with Hooker will take place on 16th November in Oklahoma. Here in the UK it will be shown live on Boxnation , and trust me you will not want to miss this fight .

Steven Donnell

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DJay Boxing News Portal – week 2

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Ohara names new trainer

Ohara Davies does seem to have learned life lessons and is now finally being a bit more fan friendly . If he gets past Catterall that would be massive for him , but that’s is a massive IF .

WBSS ssn 2 Cruiserweight’s announced

Sorry I just don’t get it , we know who is the best in the division….are they praying Usyk moves up and leaves all the belts

The rise of Dogboe (Ring Mag)

Dogboe has announced himself as one to watch . I bet Warren and Hearn are kicking themselves now they missed this lad .

Warren says ignore the lies about Fury

This all came from big Dan Rafael saying he heard Fury was now scared to fight Wilder. Dan said he heard it from a source in the UK ……..good old Eddie up to his tricks again

Peter Fury- Hughie must win big to get decision

Yeah sadly this is true , although I have to laugh at this as the UK has some of the worst judging in the world

Khurtsidze stabbed in jail

Not so long ago this man was going to fight for the WBO World Title

GGG says Canelo done nothin special in first fight

GGG is really upping the the anti in the trash talk war’s , this fights is going to be massive .

Usyk vs Bellew looks set for November

Although I think this fight may be a far gone conclusion but I am actually looking forward to it being made .

Ritson will fight for EBU in October

Loving this lads rise to the top . I don’t see much point in him hanging around at European level

Ultimate Fighter Comes To London

I heard some good thing about this tournament first time round . Part 2 will be at light heavyweight with all 8 fights taking place in London on the same night

GGG/Canelo 2 will be bigger second time round

When it’s all said and done this is what the trash talk is all about .

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Abel Sanchez Speaks More Shit

What is Sanchez talking about ? GGG/Canelo was one of the best fights of the year

MTK To Open HQ IN Edinburgh

Fantastic news for Edinburgh a city that needed after the boxing club at Meadowbank was left homeless

Dogboe Produces Stunning Performance With First 

It seems people have been sleeping on this fantastic performance this weekend

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Rosales May Target Rungvisai

This could be a great fight if Rosales Moves up in weight . For me Rungsvisai is one of the most explosive fighters around

Loma Knows Who WillFight Next

Ive got to admit Pedraza really surprised me getting the result against Beltran and his reward is to take on P4P superstar Lomachenko

Groves Confident He Will Beat Smith

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Garcia ” Thurman Has Lost His Hunger”

It’s really hard to argue with Danny here but i do love the fact that he’s taking the credit for injuring Thurmans elbow and shoulder

Hearn “Wilder Beats Fury …..If It Happens

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you can really taste the bitter taste in Hearn’s Mouth That This Fight Is Done

Dream World Title Shot For Belfast Fighter

Jame Tenneyson handed a massive opportunity against Farmer on DAZN first US card

Ward Tells Bellew ” Fight Usyk At Heavyweight”

I don’t think it will make much diffrence but Bellew should take every advantage he can …..The again he said he wants ALL Usys belts

Tevon Farmer Signs With Matchroom USA

Another signing by Eddie Hearn’s US venture , still not the big names we have been expecting .

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Golden Boy Facebook Show Tops At 17 Million Viewers  

I believe there is definitely a future for boxing on platforms such as Facebook , this makes a strong case for it .

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Boxing Is In Real Danger Of Being Dropped By The Olympics

This is frighting but a very real possibility , after years of corruption the pinnacle of amateur callender is in doubt

John Molina Signs To Fight Victor Ortiz

This could be a very entertaining fight , let pray it gets picked up here in the UK .

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AIBA Have Said They Are Open To Mixed Gender Bouts

Craig Scott writes a very good article which has you asking yourself what side of the fence you fall on ?

Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko Finalised !!!!!!

This fight for the IBF Middleweight title will take place on October 27th

Ward Picks Canelo In Rematch

What does Ward Know About Boxing ….HAHAHA ….Ward Makes A Very Good Point

BJS Im Gonna Show The Yanks How Good I am

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I’ve always been a fan of billy but after his antics the past few weeks maybe a right beat down is what he need …..don’t see it tho as the guy is superb.

Charles Martin Making His Comeback Claiming He Has Matured

I have great respect for Martin making his comeback after a tough couple year , first getting brutally KO’d In London by AJ then to be Shot in the arm …..what a story this man has

MTK Continue There World Domination By Signing Top Australian Prospect

I don’t know anything about this guy except that he’s trying with Freddy Roach so we know he’s going to be entertaining .

Loma will face Beltran or Pedraza

I was hoping to see Loma would get another two fights in this year but it looks like Loma won’t be back until December

Saunder’s Wants Jacobs

it looks like BJS will be happy to try and get as much of Eddie’s DAZN money as possible

Fury vs Wilder – Bravery or Folly

My views on what we can take so far from Fury’s comeback and can he ever get back to what he was

Frank Warren Has Signed Boxnations DNR

A year ago Boxnation was a must have all boxing fans but we are now seeing a fantastic boxing channel die a slow painful death

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Catterall : “i see flaws in Ohara”

This is a great fight im looking forward to . Ohara must put on a performance if he is ever to be take seriously in boxing …That doesn’t mean he has to win but he can’t be outclassed again

Tete – From Aparthid to Champion of The World

What a fantastic story this is . Growing up in post Aparthid South Africa

Fury vs Wilder – Bravery or Folly From Fury

Fury vs Wilder – Bravery or Folly From Fury

The weekend just past had the boxing world engrossed as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury came face to face in Belfast . The planned showdown could not have came across anymore choreographed but my god it made for good TV which finished with it being announced that the fight between the two was all but done for later this year . If this fight get’s made it is a fantastic statement of intent from Tyson Fury , but with only two fights against weak opposition since his two year absence from the ring it has to be asked , is this bravery or folly from the Gypsy King ? .

What did we learn on Saturday night about where Fury is on his comeback . We seen a Tyson Fury who has got himself into fantastic shape weighing in only 10lbs heavier than he was when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become unified world champion three years ago . When you see the change in Fury over the past year it is impressive , but it also tell’s it own story as Fury is putting his soul into bringing his weight down and neglecting the finer points , and his boxing skills are suffering . Tyson Fury has never been a big puncher but in the past weekend he looked very feather fisted , he couldn’t hurt the tough durable Pianeta . Time after time he bent that left hook round Pianeta’s guard which really was a beautiful shot but it had zero effect .

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Tyson Fury of old probably had the best defence in the division due to his long reach , quick reactions and even quicker feet . On Saturday night it was obvious the reactions have slowed as well as the feet . On the very few times Pianeta did show a bit of ambition offensively , Fury looked slow and vulnerable . It wasn’t all bad for Fury though as he managed ten rounds relatively easy and there was moments where the Fury of old was shinning through . There is always the argument that Fury was also fighting down to his opponents level which could be partly to blame for a mediocre performance .

There has been comparisons between Tyson Fury’s comeback and that of the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali who also came back after a long lay off to regain his World Title . For me that is NOT the comparison that should be made with Ali but there is one comparison i can see . When Ali came back into the ring he found out to his horror that his famous feet had slowed , he wasn’t the same fighter that he had been , some have even claimed that we missed the best years of Ali , I am not one of these people . I think it showed how “Great” he was that he was able to take the tools he had left and mould himself into a new fighter , that is where Fury should be drawing inspiration . We are all waiting on the Fury that beat Klitschko to comeback but the truth is i don’t think that Fury exists anymore . Fury should take the skills he does have left and reinvent himself , he does still have the hand speed , very quick feet for a heavyweight and a fantastic boxing brain .

I will never criticise a fighter for daring to be great . I think Fury taking on Wilder in his third fight is a breath of fresh air to the sport and could see him become a modern day great . I also fear that Fury will not admit to himself he is not the same the fighter and if he makes the same mistakes he did on Saturday night when he’s in with Wilder he will be punished .

Steven Donnell

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Fury vs Wilder Could Leave AJ Out In The Cold

Fury vs Wilder Could Leave AJ Out In The Cold

Just when you thought that boxing was becoming predictable the news broke that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are in advanced talks to make a fight for later this year , in a move that would leave the big money man and unified champion Anthony Joshua in the unusual position of being locked out of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in this era . Now right from the start I will say this story has broke from two of the most unreliable sources in boxing , Tyson Fury and Frank Warren but the reports coming out of the US is that this is more than just hot air.

It is no secret that Deontay Wilder was infuriated by how negotiations went when trying to secure a fight with Anthony Joshua for all the titles . I have listened to guys like Lance Pugmire of the LA Times say they would not be surprised if AJ/Wilder never happened and that’s what came to my mind when this news broke , Is this an attempt to cut AJ out altogether ? . There is no doubt that the biggest fight financially in the division is against AJ but the next biggest fight financially is Fury/Wilder, A fight that would provide career high payday’s for both .

This could also be a case of Team Wilder showing AJ they have other options , which might bring Hearn back to the table with the instructions from Joshua to get the fight made , which i have to admit is a real possibility .

But what if this all comes off for Fury/Wilder , where does that leave AJ ? . Well the AJ extremists will have you believe that AJ doesn’t need either , and in a way they are right as he could sell out a stadium if he was fighting me ,but these people don’t understand the sport of boxing . AJ needs competition to create a legacy and this fight would leave him rummaging through the bones of the division looking for a top fight . Chances are that Wilder would insist on a rematch clause so potentially he and Fury could be occupied for the next year .

I will go back to what i said at the start and admit this could be all hot air or a ploy to get Hearn and AJ back to the table . In a way i want this fight to come off , I want boxers to see that if a massive fight is there to be made you don’t mess around with it , you don’t play with your food ,you don’t treat fans with utter contempt and put the fight off until your advisers give you the okay .

Steven Donnell (DJayBoxing)