The DAZN sports streaming service sent an earthquake through the boxing world 20 months ago by promising to spend $1 billion over the next few years to sign up the best fighters in the world, who would be showcased in blockbuster fights for an introductory price of just $9.99 per month. The concept apparently heralded a new era for boxing fans, including the likely death of oppressive Pay-Per-View pricing.
Celebrated boxing writer/author Thomas Hauser joins us on this week’s show to discuss the triumphs and growing pains of DAZN, as well as the future of the streaming service, and he shares the thrill of entering International Boxing Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2020.
Our enlightening in-depth conversation with this two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee is preceded by our weekly update from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin on the happenings in the United Kingdom boxing scene.
And expect analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti open the show with strong opinions about Claressa Shields’ claim to “Greatest of All Time” status after just 10 pro fights, the merits of a proposed May 2 showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders, and the barriers that tumbled down with Josh Taylor’s jump from Cyclone Promotions to Bob Arum and Top Rank, which paved the road for a Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez showdown, with the winner possibly facing Terence Crawford at 147 pounds.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.