September 21st, 2018, By Wilson Urena
It’s been a week since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin, in an entertaining bout that went back and forth. Soon after the bout was over it left people wanting more and calling for the trilogy, now that includes Eddie Hearn.
Hearn said he will talk to both Alvarez and Golovkin in hopes of bringing the trilogy to the sports streaming service DAZN. Both men claimed to be free agents and feel they have completed their contract fulfillment with HBO.
De La Hoya has stated he is willing to talk to anyone about hosting the bout but also noted that they will listen to HBO first. HBO has had budget issues and has lagged in their boxing programming for the last couple of years. So, don’t expect HBO to go quietly into the night as they are already disputing that both men are free agents.
Hearn has the budget to fit a bout of the magnitude and it would be silly for neither side to at least listen. Just don’t expect DAZN or HBO to be competing alone, as ESPN has been making a bigger commitment to boxing.
There’s also Showtime who recently gave Al Haymon a 50 million dollars a year boxing for the rights to Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). Expect them to also jump into what could turn into a bidding war. At this point, you can’t even rule out FOX who also gave Haymon 50 million dollar budget annually. They may just jump in on the action as well.
Hearn will have some competition for the bout and he knows so. Can he land a mega-bout on American soil? FightZoneNews.com will monitor the situation and have an update as soon as one is available.