By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Last Saturday, Saul Canelo Alvarez defeated Rocky Fielding in easy style as he sent the taller Fielding down four times in three rounds and won a easy victory but the real story is Canelo’s next move as he is the main feature for the streaming DAZN and in his first fight at 168 pound, he sold out the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
DAZN roared to the number one free app as result of the Canelo fight. It was not that most people didn’t expect any different result of the fight but it does show that Canelo still is a big attraction and capable of carrying DAZN. Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya noted that at 168 and 160, he has expanded his opponents including British Callum Smith and Gilberto Ramirez at Super Middleweight, a rematch with triple G or a fight with Jacobs, all big money winners.
With the demise of HBO as a boxing powerhouse and the rise of other alternatives like DAZN, we are seeing boxing entering a new world of streaming. Boxing is now moving forward on all fronts to bring fights to a new generation of boxing fans.