Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has emphasised the necessity to get superstars like Canelo Alvarez again within the ring
LAST week Oscar De La Hoya was saying his intentions to return to the boxing ring on the ripe outdated age of 47. This week, in the meantime, he’s extolling the virtues of one other Golden Boy, Mexican celebrity Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, and stressing the significance of his return to the general well being of the game.
“If anybody doubted how badly boxing wants Canelo
– the game’s largest star – again within the ring, look no additional than the
horrible scores from boxing on community TV the previous couple of weeks,” the ‘Golden Boy’
“It’s a f**king embarrassment that sports-starved followers are flocking to baseball and the UFC, & largely ignoring the best sport on this planet. I’ve been working tirelessly day and night time with our companions at DAZN to get a Canelo battle finished ASAP and get our sport again on monitor.”
For as dramatic as De La Hoya makes it sound, there may be actually a kernel of fact to what he says. Boxing, in spite of everything, although again on our screens, is again solely in a streamlined, watered down type. There have been fights and there have been good ones, sure, however, because of COVID-19, nonetheless there aren’t any crowds and nonetheless the game’s largest names stay locked away someplace, realizing their return and the return of boxing to its former energy will ceaselessly be contingent on cash generated from packed arenas and stadiums.
Suffice to say, boxing has at all times been extra enterprise than sport. Nonetheless, this 12 months the game is properly and actually overtaking the enterprise, a lot to the chagrin of the businessmen concerned. Boxers, a choose few, are boxing once more, which is nice, however those that generate income from big-name boxers boxing are now not making a living, which, for them, is maybe not so nice.
In boxing, cash dictates all the pieces.
Golden Boy, keep in mind, guided Alvarez in direction of a whopping 11-year, $365 million cope with DAZN in 2018. However that was after all again when press conferences, handshakes, unrestricted journey and sold-out crowds have been thought-about the norm. That was a special period altogether for boxing, one now generally known as pre-pandemic or just BC (earlier than COVID), and the identical guidelines now not apply.
A Could battle between Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders appeared all however confirmed earlier than COVID-19 grew to become the game’s largest opponent and since then Canelo has been comparatively quiet. There may be discuss he may face Billy Joe Saunders or Callum Smith in November, which might be one thing, but that too would appear to rely not on whether or not Canelo desires to field once more or not however whether or not there might be sufficient individuals watching and sufficient cash on the desk to make a battle, his 57th as a professional, price his whereas.