LOS ANGELES — Oscar De La Hoya is getting ready for a comeback battle on the age of 48 on Sept. 11 towards former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at Staples Middle.
The pay-per-view bout might be promoted by Triller and might be streamed on FITE, the streaming platform not too long ago bought by Triller.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has had an unique take care of DAZN since 2018, however that pact is ready to run out by the tip of this yr.
When De La Hoya was requested if he’d contemplate staging his promotional firm’s occasions on Triller as soon as his contract with DAZN expires, the Corridor of Fame fighter was open to the thought.
“We have had a great run with DAZN. They’re staying in boxing. They’re truly doing very properly globally. They have been nice companions. Look, the truth that we’ve choices is at all times a great factor,” De La Hoya advised BoxingScene.com in an interview.
“However we’ve been capable of set up an ideal relationship with DAZN. Clearly, Triller selling my battle is totally different. It is out of the field. However that is what I selected to do for my profession, not for Golden Boy. We’ve got choices. DAZN has been good to us. We’ll simply should get to the desk and negotiate and see what’s finest for the corporate and finest for the fighters. That is all I would like.”
DAZN’s footprint in the USA continues to decrease ever because the pandemic impacted the streaming service to its enterprise core starting final March.
DAZN has since pulled again from its large growth plans in the USA and now markets its streaming service as a world vacation spot for sports activities. Along with a take care of De La Hoya, DAZN additionally works completely with British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.
It’s been turbulent at occasions with Golden Boy as properly.
Over the past yr, De La Hoya misplaced the star of his secure as soon as Canelo Alvarez filed a lawsuit towards each Golden Boy and DAZN and was launched from his contracts. Though Alvarez’s final three post-Golden Boy bouts have been on DAZN, the game’s largest star remains to be a promotional and community free agent.
In June, De La Hoya struck a take care of the newly rebranded Bally’s Sports activities for a boxing and MMA membership present collection billed as “Oscar De La Hoya’s KO Leisure Presents Bally’s Combat Night time”. The playing cards are freed from Golden Boy branding and air on Bally Sports activities Regional Sports activities Networks throughout the USA.
De La Hoya’s Los Angeles-based firm would undoubtedly look to type a pact with a platform seeking to make a splash in the USA. Golden Boy has had earlier offers with HBO, ESPN and Fb Watch.
Boxing’s stateside image at present sits as such with the key gamers: Prime Rank has an unique take care of ESPN. Premier Boxing Champions solely stage occasions on FOX and Showtime. Mayweather Promotions works completely with Showtime. DAZN nonetheless has rights with Matchroom.
If upstart Triller is severe about claiming a stake in boxing, its audition with De La Hoya may in the end evolve right into a long-term relationship.
Manouk Akopyan is a sports activities journalist, author and broadcast reporter. He’s additionally a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and MMA Journalists Affiliation. He will be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, by way of electronic mail at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com or on www.ManoukAkopyan.com