Thursday, November 14, 2019

Weights From Melbourne, Australia

The official weights for Friday’s doubleheader featuring brothers Jason and Andrew Moloney in separate bouts took place earlier today in Melbourne, Australia. The weights for both those bouts, which can be seen here in the United States on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ as well as the full card of bouts are as follows.

WBA Oceania Bantamweight championship - 10 Rds.

Jason Moloney (Champion) 117 1/2lbs. vs. Dixon Flores 115 3/4lbs.

Interim WBA Jr. Bantamweight- 12 Rds.

Andrew Moloney 114 3/4lbs. vs. Elton Dharry 114 1/4lbs.

*Bout will determine Interim/Regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) Jr. Bantamweight ratings.

*Also scheduled to take place on this card: Weights unavailable as of this writing.

Australian Middleweight Championship - 6 Rds.

Tej Singh vs. Mitchell Whitelaw

Heavyweight - 6Rds.

Barry Hall vs. Paul Gallen 

Cruiserweight - 4Rds.

Nick Midgley vs. Issac Slade

Middleweight - 6Rds. 

Paul Gould vs. Jesse White

This card will take place tomorrow (Friday, November 15th) at Margret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The card can be seen on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ beginning at 3AM ET/ 12AM PT. For more information about ESPN+ including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, and to subscribe please visit: www.plus.espn.com

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ANDREW 'EL CHANGO' CANCIO VENTURA, CALIF. MEDIA WORKOUT: QUOTES


Press Release: By DAZN – VENTURA, CALIF. (Nov. 13, 2019): WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) hosted a media workout yesterday at KnuckleHeadz Boxing in Ventura, Calif. ahead of his 12-round title defense against Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (31-8, 20 KOs). The fight will place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.  
Credit:Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions 

Below is what the champion had to say at his workout:

ANDREW CANCIO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion: 

On the Changes He's Made Since His First Encounter with Alvarado:

“There have been changes in my training, my trainers and my confidence. Before I was kind of timid with my head movement and my jab. I feel a lot better throwing combinations now. My sparring partners know that when I’m done throwing a combination, they can expect a few more punches right after. They always say, ‘man I thought you were done with the combination and here I am getting caught again.’”

“I love the combinations my coaches are working on with me, and I feel that’s what is going to be the difference in this fight. I think it’s going to be easier for me just because the first time we faced off I would only throw one or two punches at a time. Now it’s going to be four or six punches at a time. I’m also using my jab and head movement more now. I’m also stopping my opponents now.”

“Darden [Zenunaj] was the only one I didn’t stop in the past four fights. Darden was game and I threw a lot of punches, a lot of combinations. I feel like it intimidates them, and it throws them off their rhythm. I’ve been learning more and more as each day goes by in the gym. I’m getting more accustomed to my coach’s styles and their philosophies on how to do things, and I think Rene is going to see that difference.”

“I like throwing body shots. My combinations include body shots, and I think that’s going to be the key. It was the key with Alberto Machado, and think it’s going to be the key to beating Rene Alvarado. Rene Alvarado already knows that I hit hard. He felt it our first fight. I think psychologically, he saw how I destroyed Machado. He shouldn’t expect any less from me on fight night.” 

On Leo Santa Cruz fighting for the WBA Super Featherweight Super World Title:

“I think it’s a bunch of B.S. I got the short end of the stick once again. I’m not a big name to a lot of people like Leo Santa Cruz is. I feel like that’s why they did it. Machado, his belt got taken away because he was super champion and they gave it to Gervonta “Tank” Davis, so if I come out victorious Nov. 23 and if Leo comes out victorious Nov. 23, that’s a fight I definitely want to make. I feel like I’m the bigger, stronger 130-pound guy. I feel like his style and my style will clash for a good fight, but I think he’s going to realize the difference at 130 pounds.”

On Dealing with His Full Time Job and Working:

"They [Southern California Gas Company] are helping me out more now as a champion. I don’t have any more time on my book to take days off, but you can take days off without pay, though It’s up to the supervisor’s discretion. They help me out in that aspect. Like today I have media workout. I was going to go in for four hours, but I knew it was going to be very tiring to go out there and drive and drive back over here. I didn’t want to be late, so they help me out in that aspect, but I still have to work like everyone else."

On Being an Inspiration to Those Who Want to Succeed:

“I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do, so that’s how I’m able to do all of this. My grandma told me it’s not going to be easy. She would say that it’s not impossible, and it’s true. I’m still doing it till this day. I’m doing this because I love this. I want people to know that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.”

Cancio vs. Alvarado II is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," and Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle." The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN. The title defense is one of several highlights this fight season on DAZN - an entire fall featuring boxing's biggest matchups in one of the best schedules in boxing history.

Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $35, $45 and $55. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com. 

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoy and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #CancioAlvarado2. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Was KSI-Logan Paul II A Win For Boxing?



Boxing is a sport with some accepted norms. Of course, it is customary before almost every major fight to see a solid promotional push in an attempt to both spread awareness for the event for which the bout will take place aa well as to engage in the time tested art of hyping the fight. More often than not, it is the use of “Hype” that is the main tool in the arsenal of both the promoters as well as fighters to generate interest in an encounter.

With rare exceptions, fighters throughout all combat sports begin their journeys as professional fighters in a similar fashion, competing on small cards and or fighting on the opening bouts of major Boxing cards. The exceptions to this are fighters who turn professional with the benefit of fanfare prior to their debuts. In most cases, the obvious story that most Boxing fans are familiar are those of fighters who achieve significant success as an amateur and often times being able to benefit from the exposure that the Olympics can offer to young fighters prior to embarking on a professional career.

There are times however, where those who enter the Boxing ring do so from another form of notoriety. Although most who take this route come from other combat sports such as Troy Dorsey, who as a world champion kickboxer embarked on a professional Boxing career in the 1980’s and 1990’s and went on to win a Featherweight world championship in Boxing to several boxers and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters who have gone back and forth between sports, it is no longer unusual to see multi-combat sport athletes.

A new rarity has emerged that has shown that there is another way for those who want to enter the Boxing ring to do so outside of the traditional accepted norms. The second encounter between YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul was one that showed an unconventional path, mixed with some of the traditional Boxing norms of “Hype” and promotion could achieve something that has not been done before.

Two men with significant social media followings turned professional against each other, but did so as the main event of a professional Boxing card that also featured a world championship fight as well as established contenders. While the scenario was indeed unheard of, what was even more of a statement was the sizable crowd that packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 9th to see the encounter.

Although many within the Boxing community from fighters, to promoters, to competing networks, to those in the media like yours truly were critical of this fight taking place and more specifically the fight being the main event, I decided to take the “Wait And See” approach. Part of my reasoning, despite being an old school Boxing enthusiast and historian, was not knowing what to expect. It can indeed be true that some events are more about the spectacle of the event itself rather than sport, it would not have been justified in my view to dismiss two participants having not seen what they could do inside the ring under a Professional Boxing format.

My concern that I mentioned however, in a column that was released here on The Boxing Truth® prior to the fight was that both men took the sport seriously and treated it with the respect it deserves. Unlike some other fights that would far under the category of “Celebrity Boxing”, it did not take long to see that both KSI and Logan Paul were serious and that this would be a legitimate professional fight.

Now to be clear, I went into this fight as an observer with an open mind not knowing much about either man in terms of subjects that were not Boxing related and did not know what to expect. Having covered bouts with the “Celebrity Boxing” label before, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to see a professional fight take place.

Normally, the reader will see me give an example of what to look for when two combatants square off. In this case, it was a somewhat unprecedented scenario even though these two men did fight previously in an amateur bout. In some ways, this fight though under a professional format reminded me of some bouts that I had seen many years ago in my youth that took place in the annual New York Golden Gloves tournaments.

What I mean by this is the fight that was fought at a quick pace. Though this was a fight between two novices testing the waters of Professional Boxing, I was impressed by the flashes of skill each man showed. In terms of Boxing ability, I was impressed with the movement and jab Logan Paul displayed throughout the fight. While it is illogical for one to expect fighters with limited backgrounds in the sport to be seasoned professionals in their respective first bouts, it was clear that both men attempted to implement some elements of technique into their strategies. 

One aspect of Logan Paul’s approach that I saw as a flaw was that he kept his hands down low and appeared to be open for counter punches. KSI meanwhile seemed to be the harder puncher in the early rounds, but put a lot of power behind almost every punch he threw and also threw his punches wide. Having said this with some probably expecting something resembling a tough man contest, the fight exceeded those expectations.

It was a fight that like many in the sport of Boxing was not immune from elements of controversy. In round three, KSI connected with an overhand right that appeared to land behind the ear of Logan Paul that could have been ruled a knockdown. Referee Jack Reiss however, ruled it a slip. This would be followed by an even more controversial ruling by Reiss depending on one’s perspective in round four when Paul would score a knockdown of KSI with a flush left uppercut to the head. Reiss correctly ruled it a knockdown, but because Paul held the head of KSI to land another uppercut as he was going down, there was no count and Reiss indicated that while a knockdown was scored, he penalized Paul two points for the foul.

Although the deduction of two points would prove to be crucial in the outcome of this fight, the ruling of the foul was correct. The question was whether Reiss was too harsh in deducting two points from Paul without seeming to issue a warning beforehand. Even though some may not view it as something to debate, this observer believes that had Reiss deducted a single point from Paul rather than two, this rematch, like the first bout between the two that was fought under amateur rules, would have ended in a draw. Instead KSI would emerge with the victory via six round split decision with two of three official scorecards being separated by a single point.

With some criticizing promoter Eddie Hearn and digital sports streaming network DAZN for staging this rematch, the question is was this a win for Boxing? In fairness to both KSI and Logan Paul, they did produce an entertaining fight that whether one likes it or not did generate significant interest from outside the sport. 

While some may choose to ridicule both Hearn and DAZN for taking a calculated risk, it is important to remember that the sport of Boxing and all of sports are now in the digital age. What that means is much like in generations past the challenge for Boxing as well as networks like DAZN is to try and reach as many eyes as possible. Sometimes this means thinking outside of the box of accepted norms and trying to reach a new audience. 

It may be true that due to differences in philosophy as well as being set in one’s ways that some who have been successful throughout all sports over many years will remain reluctant if not outright stubborn to the idea of embracing change. If nothing else, this event proved that YouTube is, can be, and should be a valuable marketing tool for the sport of Boxing. Although it remains to be seen both how successful the fight was for DAZN in terms of both viewership and increasing their global subscriber-base, KSI and Logan Paul also proved that one should not be quick to judge and both made a good account for themselves in this professional fight.

Should one expect a potential third fight between the two or for either to embark on a more long-term second career as professional boxers going forward? Who knows? If the reported $900,000 purse each man earned for this fight is any indication, with both retaining sizable followings, I would not dismiss the possibility. 

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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BORNEA FIGHTS FELLOW UNDEFEATED PINOY IN U.S. DEBUT


Press Release: By Sanman Promotions – IBF and WBO Youth Super Flyweight Champion Jade Bornea (W14 KO10 L0 D0) will at last fight in US soil and his debut will be against fellow unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Delgadillo (W11 KO2 L0 D2). The fight will be for the vacant NABF Super Flyweight Title. The event will take place in Toppenish, Washington  on January 9, 2020. 
Credit: Sanman Promotions 

Bornea is fresh from recent TKO win against Jonathan Francisco while Delgadillo’s latest win was a UD over Nate Green. Bornea has the upper hand in the KO ratio department but Delgadillo exhibits class and generalship in the ring. This will indeed be an interesting clash between upcoming Pinoy prospects. Please watch out for more updates.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

DAZN and SiriusXM To Launch New Daily Boxing Show


Press Release: By DAZN / SiriusXM – NEW YORK – November 11, 2019 – SiriusXM and DAZN announced today that they are teaming up to launch a new national daily boxing show that will deliver an engaging look at the world of the “sweet science.” 
Credit:DAZN 

The Ak and Barak Show will make its debut on the SiriusXM Fight Nation channel today, Monday, November 11 (12:00-3:00 pm ET/9:00 am-noon PT), featuring DAZN personalities Akin “Ak” Reyes and Barak Bess. Ak and Barak will host the show live every weekday (Noon ET/9:00 am PT) on SiriusXM Fight Nation, providing their unique perspective on the headline stories and trending topics from around boxing, and interviewing many of the biggest names and colorful personalities in and around the sport. Boxing fans nationwide can call into the live show each day to share their thoughts.

“Ak and Barak are two unique and entertaining voices in the boxing world. We’re pleased to team up with DAZN and give them a platform to reach boxing fans from coast to coast every weekday on SiriusXM,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.

“We’re thrilled to announce The Ak and Barak Show on SiriusXM as these off-platform collaborations are core to our strategy to help grow the DAZN brand,” said Josh Santry, DAZN VP of Talent. “Ak and Barak provide a fresh voice within the boxing community that is underscored by spectacular relationships with fighters and a comprehensive approach to covering the sport.”

The launch of The Ak and Barak Show coincides with “Fight Season on DAZN,” which features the best boxing schedule in history – the highly-anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua on Dec. 7, and former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Dec. 20.

The Ak and Barak Show joins other boxing programming on the SiriusXM Fight Nation channel, including At the Fights hosted by former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney and leading boxing authority Randy Gordon every Monday and Friday (6:00 pm ET).

The SiriusXM Fight Nation channel features a lineup of shows covering the latest news and events in boxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, and is available to subscribers on SiriusXM radios (channel 156) and the SiriusXM app.

For more go to www.SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMFightNation.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

KSI-Logan Paul II Weights

Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES – Nov. 8, 2019 – KSI and Logan Paul stepped on the scale and faced off one last time before entering the ring tomorrow night as excitement builds for the rematch at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and exclusively on DAZN. The YouTube stars previously fought in an amateur boxing match in front of a sold-out crowd in Manchester, England in August 2018. Following the majority draw, KSI and Logan Paul agreed to meet again as licensed professional boxers on Nov. 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN, which is available on any connected device.  
Credit: Amanda Westcott/DAZN 

All of the fighters from Saturday’s stacked card hit the scales on Friday afternoon. Highlighting the main card, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, is newly crowned lightweight world champion Devin Haney making his first title defense and super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders making his United States debut. The undercard begins at 7 p.m. ET and features rising prospects Diego Pacheco, Nikita Ababiy and Reshat Mati.


6-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.

KSI: 193.2 lbs.

Logan Paul: 199.4 lbs.

12-Round WBC Lightweight Championship Bout @ 135 lbs.

Devin Haney: 135 lbs.

Alfredo Alvarez: 135 lbs.

12-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Billy Joe Saunders: 167.4 lbs.

Marcelo Coceres: 168 lbs.

4-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.

Josh Brueckner: 192.2 lbs.

Tyler Smith: 199.4 lbs.

6-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Diego Pacheco: 167.2 lbs.

Aaron Casper: 166.6 lbs.

12-Round Super Bantamweight Bout @ 122 lbs.

Ronny Rios: 120.6 lbs.

Hugo Berrio: 121.6 lbs.

6-Round Middleweight Bout @ 162 lbs.

Nikita Ababiy: 160.6 lbs.

Jonathan Batista: 163.6 lbs.

Find out more about Fight Season on DAZN ahead of KSI vs. Logan Paul II at www.DAZN.com. Tickets for KSI vs. Logan Paul II are on sale now.

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

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For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.

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Jacobs-Chavez Jr. Launch Press Conference Quotes


Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2019: Ahead of the rematch featuring KSI vs. Logan Paul at Staples Center on Saturday night, former middleweight champion, Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. gathered for the official press conference to announce their showdown on Friday, Dec. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN, which is available on any connected device.  
Credit: Amanda Westcott/DAZN 

Daniel Jacobs

“Excited to back in the ring with a great opportunity against Julio Cesar Chavez to show my skills in the super middleweight division. It’s an opportunity to be strong, and go inside the ring fully healthy, no excuses outside. I think this will be my show. This is a perfect caliber opponent, and complements my style very well. This sport can be very unforgiving, and the thrill can be gone. My dear friend Patrick Day, I lost a great friend of mine. It’s really hard to move forward, but I will always have him in the back of my mind. Boxing is not the same, but I want to maximize my full potential. I look forward to continuing in the super middleweight division, and I’ll see you all Dec. 20.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

“I’m so happy to be here and this opportunity given to me. I’m going to be ready, and I’m going train hard for this fight. I’m very happy about this fight.”

Eddie Hearn

“This is a huge fight to end the year. The last few weeks we have seen fight of the year candidates continuously. On Dec. 20, we cap off with a fantastic fight. Danny Jacobs coming off a great fight against Canelo Alvarez, losing his IBF Middleweight belt, now moving up to 168, which I think will be a brilliant division for him. And Julio Cesar Chavez who has had his ups and down, now gets a great opportunity to fight where his father last fought.”

Joe Markowski, EVP DAZN NA

“Fight season continues. And Jacobs vs. Chavez Jr. will be a spectacular way to close out 2019. In the final four months of the year, our subscribers were treated to who’s who of boxing’s best:
Canelo, Kovalev, GGG, Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Josh Taylor, Regis Prograis – and now we add Jacobs and Chavez Jr.

It’s a fascinating fight between high-profile former champions and we think it will create a lot of buzz within the boxing community.”

Find out more about Fight Season on DAZN ahead of KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 at www.DAZN.com. Tickets for KSI vs. Logan Paul II are on sale now.

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

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The KSI-Logan Paul Rematch: Good For Boxing?



The sport of Boxing is one that doesn’t not have a standard schedule or a “Season” if you will. For a sport that runs fifty-two weeks a year, there is certainly no shortage of events for the Boxing fan to view. While there are certain marquee attractions that take place throughout a calendar year featuring some of the best fighters in the sport squaring off against each other that generates the interest of not only the Boxing enthusiast, but also the casual observer, there are also times where curiosity alone is enough to draw interest.

One of those events will take place this weekend as YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul will make their respective professional debuts in an anticipated rematch in the main event of a professional Boxing card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The card, which will be broadcast in the United States and several international countries by digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN as well as on Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View throughout the United Kingdom has had no shortage of both interest and criticism from within the sport.

The criticism stems from the fact that two men will be headlining a professional Boxing card in the first professional fight for both. Although some have called this as nothing more than another “Celebrity Boxing” event, why has there been so much interest in this fight? First, it is not the first time these two men have met inside a Boxing ring.

In August of last year, the two YouTube stars met in an amateur bout that was broadcast on YouTube Pay-Per-View in Manchester, England. The fight, which ended in a six round majority draw, was fought with headgear. Although this did not differ much from what most think of when they think of “Celebrity Boxing” bouts, the card generated over 1.5 million buys between both live and on demand purchases. The strength of those numbers, a draw, and a continued animosity between each other has now led to the rematch.

Unlike the first encounter however, this fight will be fought under professional rules as both men agreed to formally turn professional, which mainly means there will be no protective headgear. While this has generated significant criticism, the question is will this be good and beneficial for Boxing? As a Boxing journalist and historian, the announcement of this rematch was something that stirred mixed feelings for this observer.

On one hand, it is understandable particularly among traditionalists as ti why this bout would rub people the wrong way. After all, it is not often one sees a professional fight featuring two fighters making their respective pro debuts as the main event of a Boxing card that features two world championship fights. The fight, which will be a six round Cruiserweight bout will also feature undefeated two-division world champion Billy Joe Saunders defending his WBO Super-Middleweight world championship against undefeated contender Marcelo Coceres and undefeated  Lightweight contender Devin Haney facing Alfredo Santiago in a bout that will determine interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight ratings.

As understandable as the criticism of some regarding the KSI-Logan Paul rematch might be, it is important to remember on the other hand that both men have significant social media followings and YouTube subscribers. While this may not seem like something that should be considered a factor, it is of equal importance to point out that the sports world is experiencing a transition in how consumers choose to watch sports content thanks largely to the success of digital subscription networks DAZN and ESPN+.

Although staging this fight would appear to be a significant gamble both for DAZN and promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, staging a fight like this potentially allows not only DAZN, but the sport of Boxing to be seen by more eyes, particularly among those for whom have little to sporadic interest in the sport that all of the above believe will translate into expanding DAZN’s existing subscriber-base. There is also an obvious hope that by putting two world championship level fights to round out what appears to be a solidly matched undercard that the increased exposure for the sport will also translate into long-term subscribers as DAZN looks to continue expanding their broadcasting rights to cover the U.S. market.

If this indeed proves to be a win for DAZN, Hearn, and all the fighters that are competing on this card, it will be good for Boxing. It is indeed indisputable however, that a market does exist for “Celebrity Boxing” Although we don’t know whether this will be a one-off for both KSI and Logan Paul, or the beginning or another part of their respective careers outside of the realm of YouTube, my main concern here is that both men not only take the sport seriously, but also treat it with the respect it deserves. Boxing much like all of combat sports after all, is a dangerous sport and one that has suffered far too many black eyes, tragedies, and needs to be treated with the utmost respect by all those who enter the ring. It is not something to take lightly.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

KSI vs. Logan Paul II takes place on Saturday, November 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The fight as well as it’s full undercard can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. (U.S. Times) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the fight can be seen on Sky Sports Box Office Pay-Per-View for £9.95 beginning at Midnight (Local UK Time). For more information, availability in your area and to order please visit: https://www.sky.com/boxoffice/ksi-loganpaul.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

KSI-Logan Paul II Final Press Conference Quotes

Press Release: By DAZN –  LOS ANGELES – Nov. 7, 2019 – KSI and Logan Paul exchanged verbal warfare at the final press conference ahead of their rematch this weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and exclusively on DAZN. As anticipation builds for Saturday’s event, the two fighters discussed training camp and predictions for their professional debuts. The YouTube stars previously fought in an amateur boxing match in front of a sold-out crowd in Manchester, England in August 2018. Following the majority draw, KSI and Logan Paul agreed to meet again as licensed professional boxers on Nov. 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN, which is available on any connected device. 
Credit: Amanda Westcott/DAZN 

Below are some quotes from Thursday’s final press conference:

Logan Paul

“Today is the best day of my life, tomorrow is the best day of my life, and Saturday will also be the day of my life.”

“JJ works hard, has a big ego, and his ego will be his biggest asset. He will be hit in the head several times. He will suffer major repercussions. I’m surprised his trainer let him do this for a ten percent commission. This is very dangerous for him. I think people underestimate the training I’ve been doing for the last year, while he has been preparing a song.

“There are so many ways this fight could end. Could easily say KO, TKO, go the distance, it doesn’t matter. I’m prepared, my condition is top notch. We can go six rounds, but it wouldn’t be good for his health.

“This is a personal thing for me I want to go out in violent fashion and secure this this for my family and friends. KSI happens to be the guy in the ring in front of me, but this is the end of a redemption arc for me.”

KSI

“This camp is one of the toughest things I’ve done in my life. This camp has pushed me to the edge where I had blood, sweat and tears. Never worked so hard training in my life. I’ve reached a new level mentally. I’m not afraid to get hit, to get punched in the face, or take a body shot. I’m ready to f*** you up. I really am. You’re afraid to get hit, can’t go backwards, always open for body shots, hands don’t know what they’re doing, and footwork is week.”

“I know what it is like to be a pro fighter. Training two, three times a day for six days, with one day break. There was a point I didn’t think I could do this, that this is too much for me, that it was too hard. Mentally I got through it, and I realized I can do this. I’m a dog, I’m a fighter. Always made sure I defend what it’s right, what’s mine. This is my legacy, I’m defending my legacy, and you’re trying to take it away from me. I’m going to knockout him out. He won’t be able to keep up. My cardio is better than yours.”

Joe Markowski, EVP DAZN North America

“Logan, KSI – I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know you over the past couple months. You’ve taught us a lot about creating digital content and we appreciate the partnership.

“I’m continually amazed by your ability to command an audience both online and at live events.

“We’ve been banging the drum this fall: It’s Fight Season on DAZN. GGG, Canelo, Kovalev, Ruiz, Joshua. The schedule has been packed but Saturday is something different.

“This fight has been covered by ESPN to CNN to Entertainment Tonight. I have a call later today with the New York Times. I’m not saying that all the coverage will praise us – but it illustrates that we have people’s attention, which I’ve learned is not easy to do in America. 

“And these men, Logan Paul and KSI, know how to generate interest. Our social media numbers for this fight are unprecedented and we welcome all of their dedicated fans to DAZN. 

Eddie Hearn

“This has been an incredible build up, I have learned so much. I’ve been in the sport for ten years and I’ve never seen anything like this. The numbers for this fight are unbelievable. Countries I didn’t even know knew about boxing are tuning into this one.”

Find out more about Fight Season on DAZN ahead of KSI vs. Logan Paul II at www.DAZN.com. Tickets for KSI vs. Logan Paul II are on sale now.

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

Material Courtesy of: DAZN/ Photo Courtesy of: Amanda Westcott/ DAZN Used with permission.

For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.

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