Unified middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez is looking ahead to bigger things after he agreed to a five-year, 11-fight deal with streaming service DAZN, that will pay the boxer at least $365 million — the highest-paying athlete contract in history.
Alvarez’s first fight under the contract will coincide with his move to super middleweight. He will meet WBA "regular" world champ Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In the post-Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era, Alvarez emerged as boxing’s biggest star on the pay-per-view fight circuit. HBO and Showtime typically charged $80 per fight, but on DAZN, his two fights per year will be available to those who pay $9.99 per month for the streaming service.
Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KOs), 28-years-old, said he has confidence DAZN will succeed.
“I was never worried because I’m very confident in myself,” Canelo said. “I know how important I am to any platform I go to. I am very grateful to HBO and to Showtime for what they did for my career, but I am happy we’re moving forward and that I will be able to fight on a platform that is the future. I’ve always liked a challenge, and this is yet another challenge in my career.”
However, he's a bit worried about the contest with Fielding - which is physically much bigger at 168-pounds.
"This is a new challenge, to be moving up in weight. We'll see how the weight affects me. He'll be bigger and maybe even stronger than me. This is a risk that I am taking. I'm entering the comfort zone of the champion, but I'll take this challenge on because that's what I need to do to make history in my career. I want to be one of the top ten Mexican fighters to become a three-division world champion," Canelo said.
As BoxingScene.com previously reported, there is a rehydration clause with a second-day weigh-in - which prevents Fielding from putting on more than 10 pounds on the morning of the fight.