Canelo Alvarez Signs Richest Athlete Contract In Sports History


Alvarez has won world titles at middleweight and light middleweight in his career and has recorded victories over the likes of Golovkin, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara and Shane Mosley.

Now fans can pay a $9.99 subscription cost per month in the see his fights on DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone).

The agreement is part of a broader deal between DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions, the fight organization founded by former champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya. "That was the most important thing, more important than what I am making".

"He's extremely happy", De La Hoya told ESPN after Alvarez signed his new contract. "The most important thing to me was being able to give the fans the opportunity to see me fight without having to pay the US$70 or US$80 for my fights on pay-per-view".

"Adding this exclusive arrangement with Golden Boy and its quality roster of fighters to our Matchroom UK and Matchroom US fights gives us a year-long schedule of premium events for boxing fans". Under the five-year partnership, Golden Boy also will put on up to 10 fight nights per year that will stream live on DAZN beginning in early 2019.

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"The December fight with Fielding is a unsafe fight", he said. I am moving up in weight and I don't know how my body will feel.

Lionel Messi, who earned $111 million previous year, is likely to be his main competition for the highest-earning athlete title, but reports indicate that Alvarez could have earned upwards of $120 million for 2018 by the time of his debut fight with DAZN.

Canelo's move to DAZN occurs at an uncertain, transitionary time for the sport of boxing. However, HBO recently announced that it would be bowing out of boxing after 45 years showing some of the sport's biggest fights, paving the way for DAZN to swoop for coverage of Canelo's bouts. Joshua fought on the platform's debut card following its US launch when he defended his trio of world titles by stopping Alexander Povetkin in London on September 22.

Promoter De La Hoya told ESPN: "Canelo is the highest-paid athlete in the world". Now he'll step up to 168 pounds to challenge Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) and seek to become a three-division world champion.

DAZN is already home to plethora of boxing content, thanks in large part to a deal with Matchroom Boxing, as well as wealth of MMA attractions, such as Bellator, KSW, and Combate Americas. In Fielding's only high-profile bout to date he was knocked out in the first round by Callum Smith in 2015.