De La Hoya Weighing Canelo Broadcast Options
Don’t expect an announcement on where Canelo Alvarez will be fighting next, at least that’s what Oscar De La Hoya is claiming.
The Golden Boy founder is weighing all options for Canelo’s December 15th showdown against Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden. Even though HBO has an option to match an offer from any bidder, the network is ending its 45 year run of broadcasting live boxing this year.
That leaves options like ESPN, Showtime, and DAZN on the table, but working with ESPN and DAZN would have De La Hoya working with and co-promoting with either Bob Arum or Eddie Hearn, which is not on the table.
“We understand we have a contract [option] with HBO but we’ve been approached by many platforms. Everyone wants to televise Canelo’s next fight, whether it’s on a digital platform or linear TV. And contrary to reports that are circulating, under no circumstances will we co-promote Canelo. Golden Boy is his promoter and we will continue to work to get Canelo the best deal possible.”
“I won’t do a deal with Bob Arum or a deal with Eddie Hearn for Canelo,” De La Hoya said. “I’m going to go directly to the [platform] and make a deal. I don’t need another promoter. We are the promoter of the biggest star on the planet.”
Initial Report: ESPN