DAZN is eyeing a pair of massive fights starring Saul Alvarez against Danny Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin after Canelo’s first outing under his contract with the streaming service company failed to hit high records in terms of subscribers.
According to a report, the company has no plans of releasing any figures about the number of subscribers for the Alvarez vs Fielding bout as records were ‘shockingly low.’ Now, DAZN wants its boxing star to tussle with Jacobs and GGG for his next two assignments, said boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn.
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Canelo Makes Quick Work of Rocky Fielding
The 28-year old Mexican has agreed to a five-year 11-fight deal with streaming service DAZN, which will earn him a whopping $365 million, or the most lucrative sports contract ever. The deal eclipsed the previous richest athlete contract signed by baseball star Giancarlo Stanton in 2014, which came in at $325 million in 13 years.
Alvarez said he was humbled to have landed the historic deal and is taking his partnership with DAZN as a new challenge but he is confident that the streaming service will achieve its goal with him at the helm.
In his first outing under the historic deal, the unified middleweight champion made quick work of Rocky Fielding to capture the WBA “regular” super middleweight title. ‘Canelo’ dropped his British opponent four times in three rounds in front of over 20 000 fans at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
But according to a report, the Alvarez-Fielding fight had a disappointing outing in viewers subscription and the streaming firm refused to release the exact numbers.
Meltzer on Observer Radio today: "DAZN will never release numbers, but the viewers for the Canelo fight were shockingly low. SHOCKINGLY. A lot of money is being spent on this stuff…and the number of subscribers they got is SO SAD".
— Fight Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) December 18, 2018
DAZN Wants Canelo To Fight GGG and Jacobs Next
The Alvarez-Fielding showdown turned out to be a mismatch as the Mexican champ was just too much for the Briton. Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn expressed his desire to work again with Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN after a sold-out crowd in New York. He also shared that DAZN is now setting sights on a pair of massive fights for the unified middleweight champion in 2019.
“Canelo is too good. You’re talking about a world class fighter against a pound for pound great. He’s too good. It was a great atmosphere and great promotion and I was happy to be a part of it, a sold-out crowd. Hopefully, we work together again with Golden Boy and DAZN in May for the Danny Jacobs fight.”
“They’d like Canelo to fight Danny Jacobs then Golovkin next year. It’s up to Canelo. The biggest fight for Canelo outside the GGG fight is Danny Jacobs but it will be up to Canelo to see if he wants to take those fights. It’s a great fight. We also got Callum Smith. I don’t think Canelo stays at 168 but anything is possible,” Hearn stated.
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