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.
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.