When I started this podcast and blog earlier this year I had no intentions of openly shilling for any of the promoters out there. I have no financial ties or special interests to any of them so I figured I’d have no issue keeping neutral like Switzerland and calling it like I see it.
I intend to keep that promise to myself and that’s why I can objectively say to fight fans in the U.S. that it is indeed time for you to subscribe to DAZN.
The wins for fight fans stemming from the shocking Andy Ruiz Jr. TKO victory over Anthony Joshua continue to pile up. The latest victory I’d like to point out is for those of us that subscribe to DAZN.
While Gennady Golovkin easily rolling past Canadian journeyman Steve Rolls this past Saturday night hardly proves much value of a DAZN subscription in and of itself; it set up a huge fight that even the most casual of boxing fans should be interested in—the next installment of the Canelo-GGG trilogy. This fight has been tentatively set to take place on DAZN this September.
In the days of HBO pay-per-view a fight like that would easily run you $80, but you can get an entire year’s subscription to the DAZN for $100. Of course we all know how easily those subscription prices can be hiked up (think Netflix and Amazon Prime). Surely DAZN will be increasing that subscription price soon, but even a 20% or so annual price hike would still be worth it.
You want to talk value? How about the depth of these undercards? I happened to be one of the lucky fans who snapped up a ticket to the Joshua-Ruiz Jr. showdown without any clue who would be featured on the undercard.
(In fact when I bought the ticket I was set to see “Big Baby” Jarrell Miller face Joshua, and my ticket stub to this day still says Miller.)
To his credit—the boys at Matchroom Boxing (parent company of DAZN) could have easily cancelled the Joshua fight altogether after Miller failed his drug tests. Instead of cancelling the evening and regrouping, Matchroom and Eddie Hearn (Matchroom’s omnipresent leader) proceeded to put on one of the greatest boxing undercards of all time.
Superstar Katie Taylor fought Belgium’s Delfine Persoon in what many fans have called the greatest women’s fight ever. The card also featured “Long Island Rocky” Chris Algieri stopping Tommy Coyle in the 8th round when Coyle’s corner (in my opinion) heroically stopped it.
Let’s also remember rising superstar Callum Smith appeared on the card (although his lopsided victory over Hassan N'Dam left some questions about the matchmaking in that one). DAZN subscribers got all that value PLUS they’ll get to see the epic Joshua-Ruiz Jr. grudge match. This will be the biggest heavyweight championship fight since 2002 when Mike Tyson locked horns with Lennox Lewis.
DAZN’s production value is pretty much pay-per-view quality. While he’s far from perfect calling blow-by-blow (then again who is perfect at that?) Brian Kenny does a stellar job behind the main DAZN microphone. Top analyst Sergio Mora has found his rhythm as evident by his superb (and now famous) commentary in the midst of the historic Round 3 of Joshua-Ruiz I.
Round 3 may go down as the best round in the history of heavyweight championship boxing and Mora in particular left us with some gems (i.e., calling that Joshua had suffered the worst of it right after both men had been knocked down once.)
While it’s a no-brainer to make the comparison now, he also may have started the “Mexican Rocky” nickname. Right after Ruiz’s win he was the first one on air to make the comparison. As an analyst he was in the right place at the right time but he delivered.
I never intended to start this podcast or blog and openly shill for a promotion, but Matchroom Boxing has forced me to pen this blog in their favor. While it wasn’t in DAZN’s intentions to have Andy Ruiz Jr. become the next heavyweight superstar and subsequently star in two of their Fight Nights, it is reality.
I call it like I see it and I tip my cap to Hearn. He has brought boxing fans (intentionally or not) unprecedented entertainment value.
This blog has been written by boxing fan and author Casey Callanan who attended Joshua-Ruiz I; you can follow him on Twitter @CaseyTalksLife.