Fox makes boxing and MMA movesIt is a great but changing time for boxing and MMA television coverage. With HBO departing this year, the ESPN+ app will add UFC coverage starting in January. They already have a long-term deal with Top Rank to stream boxing coverage. The DAZN app is expanding coverage of boxing with Matchroom Boxing events promoted by Eddie Hearn and also Bellator MMA. The latest to get involved in boxing coverage will be Fox, which signed Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and has some exciting bouts to look forward to, headlined by the March 16 clash between Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia. On Nov. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will stage its first MMA event with the third chapter of Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz. It is the reality of any new MMA promoter that you will not sign the top talent and be relegated to former stars and/or fighters released by the bigger promotions, but there is a place for the older talent and the show should be a success. On Dec. 1, a nice card is shaping up for Showtime PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, headlined by the heavyweight championship bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The undercard will feature some comeback former champions and contenders, with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola on the card.
— Simon Ruvalcaba