Canelo Talks Fielding Fight at 168, MSG, DAZN, More

Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal worth $365 million to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout. This groundbreaking deal with Canelo will be the richest athlete contract in sports history.

Golden Boy Promotions' Oscar De La Hoya had announced that negotiations to find Canelo a new home would be getting underway immediately - and he wasn't lying.

But since then the Mexican has grown to become the sport's biggest star and last month he picked up the unified middleweight titles with a controversial win over Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.

DAZN now have exclusive USA rights to Alvarez's next 11 fights after his contract with American broadcaster HBO - who are leaving boxing - expired. The first of eleven contracted bouts will pit Canelo against "secondary" Super Middleweight titlist Rocky Fielding in a unification of the WBA straps, on December 15th of this year.

"Canelo is the highest-paid athlete in the world".

"This is only from my hard work", Alvarez told ESPN shortly after he signed the paperwork. "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. DAZN has the flawless platform to make this dream come true, and with the biggest star in the sport at the helm of this journey, I have no doubts that we will succeed in unimaginable ways".

Skipper promised fight fans will be able to buy fights "for a lot less expensive than they did before". Now, sports fans can view Canelo's fights and the deep Golden Boy Promotions stable for a low monthly subscription cost.

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In the post-Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era, Alvarez emerged as boxing's biggest star on the pay-per-view fight circuit.

"I've always liked a challenge, and this is yet another challenger in my career", Alvarez said in a statement.

"At the same time, I am humbled to be selected to lead this new vision for the sport of boxing, which will without a doubt be for the benefit of the fans".

Alvarez's first fight under the contract will coincide with his move to super middleweight. If DAZN hits certain subscriber benchmarks, Alvarez will rake in additional cash.

DAZN, which also signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA, had previously launched in Japan, Canada and parts of Europe.

Canelo was most recently aligned with United States broadcaster HBO but the network announced it would move away from live boxing coverage at the end of 2018.

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