Canelo Alvarez has spoken out on his split from DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions.
Back in 2018, Canelo signed an 11-fight, $365 million deal with the sports streaming platform, DAZN. At the time, all appeared to be rosy for Canelo, DAZN, and Golden Boy Promotions. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it all fell apart.
Reports surfaced claiming that DAZN didn’t want to pay Canelo the money guaranteed to him. It was said that the sports streaming platform was frustrated with the lack of a trilogy bout between Canelo and Gennadiy Golovkin.
Canelo ended up suing DAZN and Golden Boy for $280 million. He was also looking to get out of his contracts. Canelo ended up getting the latter, as he is now a free agent.
Speaking to TV Azteca, Canelo discussed his split from DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions (via BoxingScene.com).
“I can’t talk about a lot of the details [with the lawsuit], but what worried me the most was the delay between fights. What I want is to fight, to continue making history. I had to do all of this [with the lawsuit] and I hope that the boxers who come after me will realize that our rights as fighters have to be respected. For me, the important thing was that I was a free agent and not the money. This is one of the most important periods of my career. Eddy Reynoso and I will be the co-promoters of my fights. What I want is to make good fights, which is what people want to see.
“There are great possibilities that I will fight before the end of 2020, I am eager and enthusiastic to do a fight. On December 19? It matters to fight before Christmas. I’m looking forward to trying new scenarios. The best stage of my career is coming.”