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  GGG & DAZN Team Up

Photos: William Trillo


This past Monday in front of a room full of Los Angeles media DAZN proudly introduced their newest acquisition, that being Gennady Golovkin. With the signing all parties concerned promised that the six fight pact with GGG will produce some very big fights coming soon.

Although there were no mention of Golovkin's battle plans it was clear the road for GGG will be paved with only the best fights out there to be had.

Gennady GGG Golovkin

On signing with DAZN: I was a free agent and I thought DAZN gave me the best platform. I also think DAZN will be the best home for all boxers in the future.

On why it took so long to make decision: Its no secret I had others offers from other companies. Right now I have the best partner that will let me know promote fighters on GGG Promotions and me as a fighter.

On agreeing to six fights: I hope I can do six fights. I feel great! After six fights Ill see what I can do, but have to focus on these six fights.

On what you want to gain in the rest of you career: Ive gained a lot of experience in the last years of my career. I want to share that with fighters who will be working with me on GGG promotions and I think with DAZN we have the right partner to put on the best fights.

On unifying the division: People understand a lot of politics about all the belts. The idea is not to have all belts possible, but its to be best boxer and sometimes people with belts are not the best boxers.

Importance of third fight with Canelo: Of course it was important for me. Right we want to have the most important fights in boxing, many important fights. Thats what I want to do right now.

On physical condition: I cant really answer that. In my normal life I feel great. Ill go to training camp in April and Ill be able to answer this question better.

DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper

On signing GGG: We have a clear agenda at DAZN to bring fans the best fights for affordable subscription price. Were are not going to be able to bring fans the fights without Gennady Golovkin. He was a key element of what were going to be which is to be the premiere destination for fight fans. There was very little question in my mind that this is a signing we needed to make. Happy to hear Gennady expects six times and happy to hear that more than six times if hes still fighting at a high level. Were thrilled, this is a great deal for us, and were very excited.

Chris asked me before why this took so long - I had a chance to meet his wife and had a chance to see his new son. This took a long because this is a lifetime decision. This is a moment in boxing where I think things are changing and what I think we will be able to do is bring the best fights back to fans and Gennady wanted to be part of that. It was complicated and its decision hes making on his life.

On Canelo/GGG third fight: Our intentions is to bring fans the best fights and the fights they most want to see. A third fight between Gennady and Canelo is what fans want to see. Were focused right now on May 4 with Canelo and Daniel Jacobs. Jacobs happens to be a DAZN fighter and were focused on the fight Gennady will have in June, which we also expect to be a difficult fight. Hes only interested in fighting appropriate opponents. So were going to focus on those fights and see what happens.

On DAZN having a shelf life: Its wrong, were committed to this, were well capitalized. Were going to see the results, and we already saw the result from the December fight, which we only had a couple weeks to promote. It did very well for us and if we can follow that up with the fights were going to have in May and June and later this fall. We have a very viable financial proposition, so theyre wrong.

On how you feel 1-10 on number of subscriptions (1 miserable, 10 ecstatic): I will be at a ten, but I dont know when exactly, but I will be at a ten. We have had good success and one landmark event and thats the Canelo fight. I expect to have four to five landmark events this year and to move to from my current three or four, which means Im satisfied with where I need to be towards knowing what we need to accomplish in the long run and thats when Ill be at a ten.

On Deontay Wilder rumors: I will not characterize them all, or even confirm them. We have discussions with people and until we announce I rarely comment on them until we announce, so I dont have anything to announce so no comment. Other than were interested in having the best fights on DAZN and we will put the fights on that people want to see. Its pretty clear that one fight people want to see is Joshua and Wilder.


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