The Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim fight had it all…

Canelo and Eddie playing golf. Canelo and Eddie wearing pajamas. Canelo and Eddie making an intro video DAZN inexplicably ran from a wide shot instead of a direct feed to the broadcast, J Balvin performing a mini-concert during Canelo’s ring walk; Why this fight had everything except a justification for happening.

A casual observer might be forgiven amidst all the pomp and circumstance and endless adoration from Eddie Hearn’s media puppets that this Avni Yildirim fight was the very same fight DAZN had rejected last fall when Canelo was still contracted to Golden Boy Promotions. …


Everyone knows that 2020 was a challenging time in sports as the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic shut down live audiences for most of the year. It wasn’t until the fall that some venues starting letting limited amounts of fans back into stadiums.

But I am not here to talk about 2020. No, gentle reader, I am going to take you on a trip back to those halcyon days of 2019. An innocent time when the boxing world was on fire with a stack of new deals with broadcasters, cable networks and yes, even the internet!

Of course, 2019…


After gaining his freedom in short-order after filing his lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN,et al., it might have come as a surprise to some that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez just announced that he was going to fight on DAZN on December 19th in some as-yet-to-be-named location.

Isn’t this the very same service that reneged on its obligation to GBP to fund Canelo’s lofty $35 million base guarantee? Why would he continue on with the band of fools that just a year ago had him wait 90 minutes to fight against Sergei Kovalev in order for an imaginary group of…


Amanda Wescott/DAZN

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned every business upside down. Forcing many to rethink ways of restoring their revenue streams while being hobbled by challenges not seen before in modern sports. Of all the outlets, perhaps no one has suffered quite to the degree of DAZN as they have bet their entire business on live sport. DAZN has spent a lot of money trying to establish itself as a player in the world of streaming. But it’s really a service that exists at the largess of its founder, Len Blavatnik, who has provided the primary funding for DAZN.

With the recent…


It’s hard to tell from the pomp and circumstance surrounding Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp launch that it was just a little over two years ago that Mr. Hearn, along with the streaming service DAZN, announced with much aplomb their entry into the United States marketplace. Harken back to that fateful day in May where Eddie announced that he had the largest bankroll in boxing with a billion dollars at his disposal and he was set to show the US what boxing promotion was all about.

This adventure really almost stopped before it began when Eddie danced around the question of…


When DAZN launched to much aplomb in the United States almost two years ago, what garnered the least attention was the question of the financial stability of the outfit despite its lofty promise to spend $1 billion towards developing boxing over eight years.

Now, perhaps there was some initial confusion when it comes to American writers given DAZN was a privately held company. In the United States, the financial information of private companies is not disclosed by the SEC. …


Tom Szczerbowski / USA TODAY

For those boxing fans who have a toe in both the boxing and MMA world, the desire of UFC President Dana White to get back into boxing has been a subject of interest to those who first heard of his renewed enthusiasm during the press events for the Mayweather vs McGregor fight.

Now two years later, Mr White appears to be ready to finally launch his vision to fix the supposed broken model of boxing. What’s broken about it? No one knows. Because even when asked on Chris Mannix’s recent podcast with Mr.White, …


Floyd John Locher — AP

While the weights may differ by two ounces, the knuckle padding remains the same in boxing gloves.

If you have been following along with the pre-fight drama of the Mayweather vs McGregor fight, you will know that glove size has been a topic of discussion from the outset. Because the fight was set at the super welterweight weight class of 147lbs-154lbs, the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission mandate that fighters use ten ounce boxing gloves.

During the first press conference to open this fight, Conor McGregor made sure to highlight this stipulation to rile up his fans at how Mayweather needed to be protected from his devastating power. …


Rosie Cohe / Showtime

In today’s online world, low-priced tickets benefit no one but the scalpers. The promoters of MayGregor are right to put aside appearances and charge what the market will bear.

Boxing writers tend to be a predictable lot. After the initial outrage that the Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor fight was taking place at all, it was inevitable that some writers would direct their ire towards the financial aspect of the fight. Something I covered in a piece back in June. The laughable argument being that unless the MayGregor fight makes more money than MayPac, it can only be viewed as a failure.

Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press argued that not only were tickets still available for sale showing a lack of demand, but that there weren’t enough tickets…


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Well, how about that coat?

In my previous article when I imagined the panic and guilt that many writers felt after being swept up in the fervor of Conor McGregor’s Toronto performance, some believed I was casting judgement upon McGregor. But that is not the case, I am but a humble observer to these events. I was merely presaging the inevitable backlash that was to come as Conor McGregor looked for ways into the psyche of Floyd Mayweather.

You see, unlike most pundits and fans who view this fight as nothing but a sideshow to make money; Conor McGregor is in this fight to win…

Fred Garvin

Twitter's favourite drunk boxing poster. Sometimes panelist on the Sunday Puncher podcast.

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