Canelo’s DAZN deal, Saturday DAZN card, thoughts on GB LA

Hello Boxing TL;DR reader community. It is so great to see you here again.  Thank you for the click.

I probably got to start off with the boxing biggest story in a while, Canelo signs with DAZN

11 fights, $365 million
no more cheap meat for the Tapatio ginger, homeboy can be shopping at Whole Foods now.
DAZN (Da Zone, a little silly I know)  is that subscription, all you can eat streaming service for fight sports I had mentioned. So $9.99 a month and you can watch any of the fight cards they broadcast on the service.
A little sketchy when you consider it’s live sports, so they have the tap they turn on for you, a little bit different than binge watching your favorite show.
However signing Canelo for such a massive deal shows major skin in the game.
This deal lays out a huge BUY signal for me. In the service? Hell ya.  If DAZN were a ticker?, naaa.
The good news about an all you can eat business model like this from the consumer perspective, if you have a big enough appetite you can make sure to get you 10 bucks worth.  Consider if you bought the service but only managed to catch 3 good fight cards in a year on it. $120 in a year for the 3 cards you saw is still a better deal than what they would have been on PPV.  I’m not sure of the financial viability long term, but as the consumer you can win.
Let’s destroy the PPV model together.
I hope DAZN ends up being a Netflix and not a MoviePass.
                       (so to be completely honest thank goodness DAZN’s parent company Perform Group is privately held, bc you wouldn’t be signing Canelo to a 11 fight deal if your intentions were to be some sort of insiders pump)
The first good showing if you want to get in now is tomorrow night from Boston.

At Boston (DAZN):

  • Demetrius Andrade vs. Walter Kautondokwa, 12 rounds, for vacant WBO middleweight title
  • Katie Taylor vs. Cindy Serrano, 10 rounds, for Taylor’s WBO/IBF women’s lightweight title
  • Tevin Farmer vs. James Tennyson, 12 rounds, for Farmer’s IBF junior lightweight title
Demetrius Andrade is an American former Olympian.  He was supposed to fight Billy Joe Saunders (Britt who boxes nice, but for some reason I really don’t like), but Billy Joe got canned after a PED positive test. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  moving right along.
Katie Taylor is beacon for women’s boxing and pride of Ireland. This current professional world champion is also Ireland’s last Olympic Gold Medalist when she took home the prize in 2012 London. When she won, she was actually Ireland’s first gold after the the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  Not the biggest sport producing company, but Irish fighters are having a high moment in the sport right now, several others I’ve written about here and several on Saturday’s card, which is being co promoted by my dream set up promotion, Murphys Boxing.
Tevin Farmer lost his professional debut, was essentially a B side fighter early in his career, fought his way out and is your current IBF World Champion. How could you not love that?
LA SCENE
I like what I’m seeing out of Golden Boy Promotions as of late.  I mentioned in a recent letter the card where they matched A side GB guys against A side GB guys.  That was cool to see.
And now they’re dropping another one.
Neeco Macias vs. Jesus Soto Karass.  I mean Soto Karass is by no means a prospect of any sort but, he’s a GB staple A sider.  And Neeco Macias just got picked up by Golden Boy, so props to everyone involved with Neeco’s team for wasting no time.  Got the big name promotion contract, no need to do any padding now.
In addition to that they got Aaron McKenna, who’s the freshest baby face you’ll ever see in a squared circle vs. Manny Robles III.  That’s a Manny Robles’s boy.  Well duh, but Manny Robles, is a big ticket (less so now after a big exodus) trainer who about a year and a half ago used to have about a million money backed signed fighters in his stable.
So there was the Crawford fight last week, Catch this clip if you missed it.  https://youtu.be/PCqiukvKppA
What’s next for Crawford, I think he’s going to beat the breaks out of Errol Spence Jr.

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