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Boxer Canelo Alvarez Inks $365 Million Contract With Streaming Network DAZN, Richest Deal in the History of Sports

Boxer Canelo Alvarez Inks $365 Million Contract With Streaming Network DAZN, Richest Deal in the History of Sports

He had signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014. DAZN, which doesn't do PPV bouts, will also have access to Golden Boy's fight library, which includes the careers of Alvarez and De La Hoya.

Canelo is fresh off a victory against Gennady Golovkin which made him top dog in the middleweight division and one of the biggest stars in the world meaning it is a major coup for DAZN.

Alvarez's switch to DAZN is a direct effect of HBO television's decision to pull the plug on 45 years of broadcasting boxing earlier this month. DAZN, which launched in the United States in September, stepped up to the plate, culminating with a deal that will begin when Alvarez fights Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden in NY.

When asked why he didn't wait for the victor of the October 27 Danny Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight - especially considering that the former guaranteed that he would knock Alvarez out - Canelo's eyes widened for a moment, but he was largely unbothered.

And while the company had talks with Showtime, ESPN and Turner Sports, president Eric Gomez said DAZN's offer was hard to turn down. "The most important thing to me was being able to give the fans the opportunity to see me fight without having to pay the $70 or $80 for my fights on pay-per-view", the 28-year-old Álvarez told ESPN on Wednesday. Álvarez has a huge following in Mexico and the United States and his fights have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars on pay-per-view. DAZN later added the World Boxing Super Series and mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Bellator to round off an impressive initial combat sports offering. "We are committed to making this sport as accessible as possible and at an affordable price for all the fans".

"He said, our first meeting with him over two weeks ago, he came to our office and said, 'I've got a blank check, I'm not leaving until we make a deal.' And he put his money where his mouth is".

The streaming service charges $9.99 (£7.60) a month rather than one-off, pay-per-view fees. "There are many people who I could have great fights with, but I just want the best fights".

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