And we are now, beginning on Saturday, heading into the new era of DAZN. The much covered streaming platform has already had some successful show dates, but this is the beginning of its contract (could be north of $300 million) with Canelo Alvarez. The contract made big news two months ago. Now let’s see how things play out, I hope it serves as a strength signal and doesn’t bankrupt the company.
*Jim, you are right it was the Holy Grail. I began to fall in love with this sport 16 years ago and it all began with the introduction I got watching your crew put on some of the best fight broadcasts. There was a prestige to HBO Boxing, and I’m gonna miss it.
LAST WEEK RECAP
Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats Jose Pedraza on ESPN in the second most watched fight on cable TV this year with 2 million-ish viewers. While the boxing world was applauding this, only thing in my head was this guy’s voice
Teofemo Lopez viciously knocked out a 34-3 Mason Menard in only his 11th fight as a professional. All week he’s been telling the media that he’s not a prospect but at contender status. When I started this newsletter about 2 years ago, one of the earliest questions from readers was who they should follow, what young guys do they need to get behind early and start paying attention to. Teofemo Lopez is who we all need to be paying attention to right now. I’ve never been more confident in a prospect pick than this one.
So we got the Canelo – Fielding fight on DAZN tomorrow night but before all that you got some action packed fights coming to you on ESPN+ tonight. What that? ya it’s another app based streaming service :/ I haven’t bought it either. I did throw up the $10 a month for fight specific DAZN app though, one at a time please!
Here’s who you got tonight on the ESPN+
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart, rematch, 12 rounds, for Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title
Arnold Barboza Jr. (my friend) vs. Manuel Lopez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
But tomorrow night over on DAZN (I’m almost afraid to hype up this fight too much for fear of being the boy who cried wolf in future write ups you read of mine)
Rocky Fielding vs. Canelo Alvarez, 12 rounds, for Fielding’s WBA “regular” super middleweight title
David Lemieux vs. Tureano Johnson, 12 rounds, middleweights
Sadam Ali vs. Mauricio Herrera, 10 rounds, welterweights
Tevin Farmer vs. Francisco Fonseca,12 rounds, for Farmer’s IBF junior lightweight title
Katie Taylor vs. Eva Wahlstrom, 10 rounds, for Taylor’s IBF/WBA women’s lightweight title
Ryan Garcia vs. Braulio Rodriguez, 10 rounds, lightweights
Keep your eye on Tevin Farmer. I like seeing where he’s going and I’d like to see him shut up Gervontaa Davis soon, those tweets are starting to pollute my feed. As I’ve mentioned before Ryan Garcia is another prospect to watch. While I don’t know anything about her opponent, I do have a lot of confidence Ireland’s darling Katie Taylor, who’s always a blast to watch.
Lemieux, Ali, Herrera are all some names too. You should know them all by now. The guys I listed, I mean. It’s just coincidence that 2 of those names could be someone else big. Lemieux (think glorious mullet) & Ali (think the greatest)
I hope you tune into one of these two cards this weekend! Thanks for reading. Catch you next time.