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Canelo-Fielding: DAZN is Definitely in The Running, Says Hearn

By Steve Kim

With the rather surprising news that unified middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez would be moving up in weight to face WBA 'regular' super middleweight titlist, Rocky Fielding, on December 15th at the Madison Square Garden - many have speculated just who will distribute and televise this event.

With Fielding being promoted by Matchroom Sports, many are under the impression that streaming service DAZN will be the broadcaster.

Eddie Hearn tells BoxingScene.com that DAZN is, "definitely in the running, I think Golden Boy is going to be talking to everybody and we've got one side of the main event. So it gives us a good leg-in but certainly nothing is guaranteed and we'll see what happens over the next few days and weeks and see what they announce in terms of the U.S. broadcast but we'd love to have the fight on DAZN."

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The fact that Alvarez is a legitimate pay-per-view franchise doesn't adversely effect their chance to procure the rights to 'Canelo' despite being a streaming platform.

"We don't need pay-per-view capabilities, we just need pay-per-view money which is what we've got and what we bring to the table is guaranteed rights fees  - not the hope of doing certain numbers," explained Hearn.

"So certainly in the fight that moves towards 2, 3, 400,000 pay-per-view buys that's absolutely no problem for us.

"Do we have the ability to match the revenue of a million buys-plus? The answer I believe is yes we do. And that's why we're going to be so competitive with people like Canelo. You don't have to take the risk on pay-per-view numbers when you're fighting on DAZN because we have money to give your the guaranteed rights fee."

Regardless, Hearn is excited by the opportunity that Fielding has garnered.

"It's great to be working with Golden Boy, great to be working with Oscar De La Hoya, Eric Gomez and obviously the first fight I'll be involved with where I've had any kind of involvement with Canelo, which is an honor and great to be involved in future events at Madison Square Garden," Hearn said.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 10-08-2018

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;19177681]How do you "de-recognize" the WBA?[/QUOTE] Don't recognize them as a world title. Nobody forced fans to start recognizing the WBO and nobody is forcing fans to continue to recognize the WBA. Personally I find the sport much easier to…

Comment by saintpat on 10-08-2018

How many billions does Eddie claim to be getting from DaysInn? Why not pay Canelo $500M a fight for a 4- to 6-fight deal? Land the biggest star in the American market and watch the subscriptions start piling up.

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 10-08-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19172610]World is world. Super is super. The super title isn't a world title. The world title is meaningless because it's not the highest in the WBA. So you shouldn't recognized either. De-recognize the WBA until the world title…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 10-07-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19173150]And the WBA is a second rate organization. So nobody should be recognizing any of their titles. As long as you recognize the WBA, then you have to recognize their world champion as a world champion. The super…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-07-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19173150]And the WBA is a second rate organization. So nobody should be recognizing any of their titles. [B]As long as you recognize the WBA, then you have to recognize their world champion as a world champion.[/B] The super…

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