Frank Warren: DAZN Had Biggest Budget For All of 5 Minutes

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

NEW US TV platform DAZN had boxing’s biggest budget for all of five minutes but now the real big money men in the sport have bitten back in America. 

This week Al Haymon struck the richest TV deal in the sport’s history with Fox Sports and Showtime to ensure he still puts on the biggest fights Stateside.

DAZN had hoped to pick off some of the talent from Haymon’s stable for their new subscription streaming service.

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But those big names won’t be leaving their long-term advisor now that he will continue putting shows on free-to-air TV as well as a major pay-per-view networks.

They will have a big problem now convincing fighters to switch as they face the risk of fighting in obscurity on a streaming channel, with no customers and no major US sports to attract consumers.

Pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford has extended his deal with legendary promoter Bob Arum.

The Top Rank head honcho is reportedly also close to getting Manny Pacquiao back under contract.

Bob maybe 86, but he is as sharp as ever and one thing for sure, he knows a good fighter when he sees one and Crawford is certainly one of those.

Tonight’s boxing sees Amir Khan take on Samuel Vargas in Birmingham. Khan is on the comeback trail – much like Tyson Fury was – and fighting a similar level of opponents.

He wants a big one next in December and it will be interesting to see if he gets his wish to fight Pacquiao or Kell Brook.

The top welterweight fight this weekend is in America though as Danny Garcia takes on Shawn Porter for the WBC title.

It is a huge fight for both men who are chasing a rematch with Keith Thurman as they get the chance to fight for his old title.

They both know that defeat in the early hours of tomorrow morning means that they are unlikely to get another chance at the No. 1 fighter in the division.

There is a lot at stake and it is a fight worth setting your alarm clocks for.

Watch Garcia v Porter on BoxNation from 1.30am on Sunday.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KTFOKING on 09-12-2018

[QUOTE=JRB123;19092897]It will be very interesting given that the people behind Perform Group/DAZN have a lot of financial backing, which gives them the ability to get the rights to provide content like the NFL in other countries.[/QUOTE] But in other countries…

Comment by JRB123 on 09-12-2018

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;19080408]The problem is it won't be for a few months, will be much longer. In the States, you need basically the NBA and NFL or maybe the MLB. Those rights don't open up for a while. 2021 and 2022 is…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19083798]So UK guys aren't gonna miss any of these DAZN fights? Sky is gonna show all the Tevin, Boo Boo & Jessie Vargas fights along with the 3 WBSS tournaments this year? Or is the WBSS not part of…

Comment by Noelanthony on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19083798]So UK guys aren't gonna miss any of these DAZN fights? Sky is gonna show all the Tevin, Boo Boo & Jessie Vargas fights along with the 3 WBSS tournaments this year? Or is the WBSS not part of…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19083528]Basically in the U.K. there is no Dazn so any fight connected with Hearn will always be shown on Sky. Usyk vs Bellew if made will most likely take place in U.K. so will be shown on Sky and shown…

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