Will DAZN Force Canelo To Fight GGG?
In 2018, Canelo Alvarez signed at the time the biggest sports rights contract in history, when he moved from HBO to DAZN.
With a deal that is worth over $350 million, there come some caveats, especially when it comes to who Alvarez will step into the squared circle against.
Alvarez, who canceled a September 14th return to the ring earlier this month, has been negotiating for a fight against his IBF mandatory, Sergiy Derevyanchenko for either October or November.
The first two attempts at a purse bid were postponed by the governing body as negotiations continue between Golden Boy Promotions and Lou DiBella, who promote champion and challenger respectively.
Boxing Scene reported this week that DAZN has taken issue with Derevyanchenko being Alvarez’s opponent as the streaming service only greenlit light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev or a trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin, which Alvarez has no desire to do.
DAZN and Golden Boy have been discussing the idea of a third fight with Golovkin if Alvarez can defeat Derevyanchenko.
Even if Alvarez was interested in a fight with Golovkin, the former unified middleweight champion is refusing to fight Alvarez in Las Vegas, the site of their first two fights, due to his issues with the judging of their 2017 and 2018 fights that saw a split-decision draw and a decision win for Alvarez.
Should Alvarez give DAZN what they want and sign for the third fight with Golovkin for October or later this year, or will a stalemate between network and fighter create a rift?
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Report: Boxing Scene