DAZN partners with Lee Baxter Promotions to air Canelo-Fielding LIVE in Toronto
Lee Baxter Promotions has sealed a monumental partnership with broadcast giant DAZN to continue to bring the best fights to fans in Canada.
In this case, one of the biggest of the year.
Immediately following the Samuel Vargas-Gabriel Pereiro main event at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday, December 15, the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding broadcast will be shown live inside the arena for paying fans. It is the only public establishment airing of the bout anywhere in Canada.
“We’re beyond proud to be able to make this happen for our fans. Too often boxing works against itself—promoters schedule fights on the same night as other big fights. Fight fans want to watch all of the fights, they don’t want to have to choose. On Saturday, fans in Toronto can see all of their local favorites without having to miss Canelo-Rocky,” said Lee Baxter, president of Lee Baxter Promotions.
Both Lee Baxter Promotions and DAZN share in one fundamental vision—making fights as easily accessible as possible for fight fans.
“In parts of the twentieth century, the heavyweight champion was the most famous man in the world. But then something changed. Pay-per-view. Boxing became one of the only sports to take its biggest moments and deliver them to the smallest audience possible. And that’s why Saturday night is such a milestone. The last king of pay-per-view Canelo Alvarez will become the first king of sports streaming,” said Joseph Markowski, EVP of DAZN North America.
The headliner on the Toronto card, Samuel Vargas, was a part of one of the groundbreaking early boxing broadcasts on DAZN on the night he fought Amir Khan. The event was presented for free across social media platforms, and broke domestic broadcast records in the United Kingdom.
“Fighting on DAZN was a big moment in my career, and helped raise my profile across the world. I’m happy that my fans in Toronto can not only watch me get back in the win column, but also don’t have to miss Canelo-Rocky,” said Vargas.
Kinigamazi Overcomes McCorry To Retain WBF World Title
Christmas indeed came early for Swiss boxing fans on Thursday, December 13, at the sold-out Cirque de Noel in Geneva, when World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Super Featherweight Champion Patrick Kinigamazi took on Scottish challenger Jordan McCorry.
Making his third defense of the WBF World title, Rwanda-born Kinigamazi was faced with a very determined and gritty opponent in the man from Cambuslang on the outskirts of Glasgow, and while the champion eventually took control when he found his distance, McCorry battled hard all the way to stay in the fight.
In a great atmosphere, created by local as well as quite a few Scottish fans who had taken the trip to Switzerland, it was a very intense and heated contest, with both men suffering cuts and bruises from accidental head-clashes.
None of them big punchers, this was always very likely to go the distance, and after twelve rounds of what must be considered a very serious candidate for WBF Fight of the Year honours, Kinigamazi was awarded a hard-fought, but deserved, unanimous decision.
Judge Robin Reid, the former WBF, WBC and IBO World Champion, scored the fight 116-114, while judges Beat Hausammann and Jean-Marcel Nartz had it wider at 117-111 and 118-110, all for Kinigamazi who improved to 30-2 (4). McCorry drops to 17-4-1 (4).
Promoter of the fight was Tundra Promotions, in association with Noblem Promotion and Boxclubs Carouge.