Madrimov vs. Walker: Inviting Tragedy
By Caryn A. Tate on August 18, 2020
Fighters are hard-pressed to admit that they’re hurt. (photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom)
Even when proper precautions are taken, sometimes there can still be a negative outcome. But what about when there are clear warning signs that go unheeded, such as in Walker’s case? It’s inviting a tragic outcome… READ MORE
Herring retains title via DQ over Oquendo
By Robert Ecksel on September 5, 2020
The champ intended to box, while the challenger came to brawl. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
“I wasn’t too satisfied with my performance, to be honest with you,” said Herring after the fight. “I didn’t want it to end like that. I’m disappointed with the outcome. But my team felt it was too much. So we just had to stop it or whatever…” READ MORE
Is greed good?
By Robert Ecksel on January 3, 2020
“I think you should bump the monthly fee up. It’s $19.99 a month. Make it $50 a month.”
“Money is the sickness of the boxing business, maybe the sickness of the world.”—Ray Arcel
Is greed good? It depends on who you ask, the degree of their self-awareness, and if they’re capable of providing a straight answer.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has big plans for the future, and with DAZN’s backers footing the bill, thus far, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain, and all at the expense of others.
“I do believe in the product of DAZN for the value for a fight fan,” Hearn recently told Chris Mannix. “I’m actually going to say to DAZN, ‘I think you should bump the monthly fee up.’ It’s $19.99 a month. Make it $50 a month. We don’t want you to come and go. We want you to stay and be a part of this community, learn more about boxing, digest the fighters, and grow with us.”
There are enough fake communities to satisfy the illusion of belonging, giving the lonely a respite from their isolation. But paying $50 a month for that which rarely feels like a deal at $19.99 a month seems like a boondoggle, given the hit or miss quality of the fights DAZN streams, and hardly worth more than double the current price.
To justify gouging the consumer, Hearn said, “Joshua-Ruiz was three times what Joshua got on Showtime. Even in America, it’s approaching a million audience.”
That’s a huge audience, especially for boxing, assuming those numbers are correct. But boxing is still a fringe sport, for the usual reasons, so what fight fan in their right mind is going to pay DAZN $50 month, if they have no interest in soccer, darts, snooker, and whatever other sports beside boxing it happens to be streaming?