Canelo signs record-breaking DAZN deal
Two-weight world champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has agreed a record-breaking 11-fight deal with sports streaming service DAZN that is the richest contract ever signed by an athlete.
The 28-year-old Mexican, who improved his record to 50-1-2 with a majority decision victory over Gennady Golovkin in September, is stepping up to the 168-pound division to fight WBA super middleweight world champion Rocky Fielding in New York City's Madison Square Garden on December 15.
That will be the first of Alvarez's next 11 bouts that will be shown on DAZN, which has also agreed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions to stream 10 fight nights per year from the start of 2019.
Alvarez has won world titles at middleweight and light middleweight in his career and has recorded victories over the likes of Golovkin, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
"I've always liked a challenge, and this is yet another challenger in my career," said Alvarez.
Con mucha emoción les anuncio mi siguiente pelea. Próximo 15 de diciembre en el MSG de New York. Tomando un gran reto más en mi carrera y representando al wbc como campeón de las 160 lbs ahora pelearé por el título mundial por las 168 lbs vs Rocky Fielding actual campeón wba! It is with great pleasure I announce my next fight to be held December 15th at Madison Square Garden in NYC, undertaking another great challenge in my carrer and representing the WBC as the 160 lb champion. I will fight for the 168 lb Title against the current WBA champion Rocky Fielding! #MiEra #canelotime
"Being part of this historic deal will require me to prepare myself even more and offer fans even better performances.
"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."
Golden Boy Promotions chairman Oscar De La Hoya added: "This is easily one of the best days in the growing history of Golden Boy Promotions.
"We are committed to making this sport as accessible as possible and at an affordable price for all the fans. My dream has been to make boxing a sport for all.
"DAZN has the perfect 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."