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Arum Very Interested in Bringing Canelo and Golovkin To ESPN

By Miguel Rivera

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is going to throw his hat in the race to secure the services of middleweight free agents Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) to capture the WBC, WBA middleweight titles. The judge saw it 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.

The fight was a rematch of their September 2017 contest, which saw the bout end in a controversial twelve round split draw.

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In the aftermath of that fight, both boxers became TV free agents - as their network deals with HBO had expired.

Canelo is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, while Golovkin is self-promoted with Tom Loeffler running GGG Promotions.

For decades, HBO was regarded as the biggest network force in boxing.

No longer is that the case, as the network's budget has been significantly slashed and their 2018 schedule of televised fights has been bare bones.

Showtime, ESPN and DAZN are leading the way with their respective busy schedules.

Arum, as part of his exclusive deal with ESPN, would love to get Canelo and Golovkin on the network.

He recently lured away several key fights from HBO, including the light heavyweight rematch between Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez, and the super featherweight clash between Miguel Berchelt and Miguel Roman.

"In our agreement with ESPN we will welcome all promoters," said Arum to ESPN Deportes.

"[Main Events CEO] Kathy Duva is coming with the rematch between (Sergey) Kovalev and (Eleider) Alvarez, [promoters] Fernando Beltran and Oswaldo Kuchle are coming with Miguel Berchelt and Miguel Roman; We are going to be open to everyone.

"And if Oscar de la Hoya is sincere and Golden Boy wants to make fights on ESPN in that agreement that we have, we are open to it, in the same way we will be for Tom Loeffler and Gennady Golovkin."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lanker rom on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;19134247]I don't think so. Thurman Callazo was on July 11 and Gacria Malinaggi was on August 1. That's after basketball season abd beforevfootball. Actually, if my memory serves me right, most of the early PBC cards were sandwiched in that…

Comment by BoxingTech718 on 09-24-2018

More big fights available for free helps to grow the sport. I feel like unless it’s a household name the fight should be on ESPN or FS1. That will get boxing back inside the average Americans living room.

Comment by champion4ever on 09-24-2018

This way Oscar De La Hoya can work for Bob Arum again like he did in the good ole' days.

Comment by Butch.McRae on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=lanker rom;19133691]HMM did any of those fights have lead up to them similar to what top rank has?[/QUOTE] I don't think so. Thurman Callazo was on July 11 and Gacria Malinaggi was on August 1. That's after basketball season abd…

Comment by lanker rom on 09-23-2018

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;19133559]Thurman v. Callazo Garcia v. Malignaggi... are just a few others that cleared 1M on ESPN too. I had a link from the sports business journal but I can't find it right now lol but your point is accurate. PBC…

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