Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum: We're Not Really Charging for Crawford-Horn on ESPN+ App

by Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Bob Arum has taken plenty of criticism from dissatisfied fight fans that don’t want to pay subscription fees to watch boxing on the new ESPN+ app.

Arum reminded them Thursday, however, that if they want to watch the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight Saturday night, there’s a way to do it for free (and legally).

The Hall-of-Fame promoter suggested trying the free seven-day trial for the ESPN+ app, which would allow a viewer to watch Crawford-Horn and then decide whether to pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 before it expires.

bob-arum_4

“In the United States, it will be shown on ESPN+, one of the great apps you can – you know, people say, ‘Well, you know, you shouldn’t be charging,’ ” Arum said during the final press conference at MGM Grand. “Well, we’re really not charging because you can get the ESPN+ app for seven days, on a trial basis, and once you watch it, you’re gonna keep it forever, and it’ll be $4.95 a month. But if I’m wrong, and you just wanna watch this fight, just get the app, get it for seven days, and then if you wanna cancel, you cancel. But anybody who has seen that app, and seen just – forget the other sports, but there’s baseball and there’s lacrosse, basketball, all other sports.

“But boxing is a feature. There’s 80 fights from history, some of the greatest fights. If you wanna see the great career of Bud Crawford, every one of his fights is on that app. It’s really something special. I ask you all, try it out now. If I’m wrong, if I’m giving you promotional baloney, cancel it after seven days, don’t cost you a nickel. But get that app and see how great it is. And that’s where the fight will be shown. The whole card will be shown on that app.”

Arum’s promotional company, Top Rank Inc., reached an exclusive content deal with ESPN nearly a year ago. Crawford’s last fight, a third-round knockout of Julius Indongo in a 140-pound title unification fight, was televised live by ESPN on August 19 from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Crawford-Horn, considered the biggest fight scheduled to be streamed since the ESPN+ app launched April 12, will headline an eight-bout card Saturday.

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is nearly a 10-1 favorite over Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), who’ll make the second defense of his WBO welterweight title. The entire undercard will be streamed live, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. 

If a fight fan already has tried the trial subscription, he or she would have to pay the monthly subscription fee of $4.99 to watch it Saturday night. A one-year subscription for the ESPN+ app can be purchased for $49.99.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SAN D13GO VILLAN on 06-09-2018

This is f*cken stupid! I want to see this on regular TV not on my phone... And what if it starts gliching and freezing?

Comment by kilojay505 on 06-09-2018

who the f*ck wants to watch a fight on a 5in smartphone screen or any sport for that matter?

Comment by Calibaloc on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18841848]the fcvk are you still using, a nokia 6150? [IMG]http://i66.tinypic.com/15wl95k.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Im not talking about me you jizz stain smh. What are you Arums illegitimate nephew or gay lover?

Comment by boxcityusa805 on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=Idunnoshet;18840871]Got free tickets to Leo/Mares so I'll watch Crawford on YT .[/QUOTE] Got 1 extra? Or send along info on where I can get a comp. The fight hotel, local car dealership?

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;18842524]almost forgot about that new contract they had no?[/QUOTE] UFC wouldn't put a fight of this caliber on the app.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (64)
Top Headlines Araneta Blasts Out Tomogdan Cold, Wins WBC Asia Belt in Cebu Wilder: When I Beat The Man Who Beat The Man - I'm The Man! Video: Caleb Plant Talks Hand Injury, Uzcategui Fight, Ramirez Video: Badou Jack Talks Kovalev-Alvarez, Stevenson-Gvozdyk Video: Terence Crawford Talks Garcia-Porter, Benavidez Fight Video: Bob Arum Talks Wilder-Fury, Manny Pacquiao, More Carlos Cuadras Gets Technical Decision Over Ricardo Nunez Khan: Fight With Pacquiao Could Sell Out Stadium in the UK Shavkat Rakhimov Destroys Robinson Castellanos in Two Evgeny Tishchenko Makes Pro Debut With TKO Win in Five Photos: Jesse Hart, Shakur Stevenson, Jason Sosa, Cornflake Win Fury: Wilder Called, I Answered - Not Like Sh*thouse Joshua! Photos: Jennings Dropped, Comes Back To Stop Dimitrenko Deontay Wilder: I Promise - Fury Will Be a Knockout Victim! Photos: Tyson Fury Boxes Past Pianeta, Secures Deontay Wilder Photos: Carl Frampton Stops Jackson, Looks To Warrington Shot Photos: Cristofer Rosales Takes Out Paddy Barnes With KO Frampton: Warrington Fight is Easiest To Make - Let's Do It Atchariya Claims Decision, Chanoi Scores KO in Bangkok Fury: Wilder Congratulated Me, Said it Was Great Performance Subriel Matias Crushes Breidis Prescott, Jantony Ortiz is KO'd Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta - CompuBox Punch Stats Haye Cautions Fury That Wilder Has 'Real Dynamite' in Hands Bryant Jennings: I Made Adjustments, Got The Job Done Jason Sosa Drops Reynaldo Blanco Twice, Wins Decision Carlos Ocampo Bounces Back, Knocks Rojas Out in Three Mykal Fox Beats DeMarcus Corley, Nicholson KO's Rodriguez Bryant Jennings Gets Off The Floor To Stop Dimitrenko in Nine Bryant Jennings vs. Dimitrenko - Live BoxingScene Scorecard Jesse Hart Drops Gavronski Twice, Stops Him In Third Round Video: Tyson Fury Promises To Spark Deontay Wilder in Vegas Video: Saunders Talks Wilder Incident, Fury Crashes Interview Shakur Stevenson Boxes Past Carlos Ruiz To Win Decision Paddy Barnes Taken To Hospital After Knockout Defeat Jennings-Dimitrenko Undercard Results From Atlantic City Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, Robinson Castellanos Ready To Fight Carl Frampton vs. Josh Warrington Set Up For Year-End Clash Photos: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury - Go Face To Face in Belfast Carl Frampton Breaks Down, Stops Luke Jackson in Nine Tyson Fury to Deontay Wilder: I'm Knocking You the F*** Out!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement