DAZN Three-Part Original Series “The Journey: Canelo/Rocky” – WATCH Part I
Ahead of the Dec. 15 super middleweight championship fight between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden, DAZN introduce their first original episodic program, THE JOURNEY: CANELO/ROCKY. Go behind the scenes as both fighters prepare for this historic event. Watch part I below
As the sports world prepares for the Dec. 15 super middleweight championship fight between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden, DAZN will introduce its first original episodic program, THE JOURNEY: CANELO/ROCKY. The show will bring fight fans behind the scenes as both fighters prepare for this historic event. The series premiere will debut on DAZN’s platform and YouTube channel on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Increasing the program’s reach to more than 75 million households around the United States, linear airings of THE JOURNEY: CANELO/ROCKY will begin Friday, Dec. 7 on regional sports networks including NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MSG Network and NESN via the Fight Sports block. The series will also appear in Spanish on Univision Deportes. Fans can check local listings for start times.
“DAZN continues to evolve as the sports network of the future and high-end content focused on our biggest boxing events is part of the plan,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America. “Fight fans are more educated than ever and we want to be an integral part in preparing them for the best and biggest fights of the year.”
Executive produced by Jason Bowers and Grant Best, THE JOURNEY: CANELO/ROCKY will be narrated by bilingual film and television star Jaime Camil.
Episode two of the series will debut one week later on Thursday, Dec. 13, just days before the two men step into the ring at the mecca of boxing. The series finale, an epilogue, will debut Friday, Dec. 21. In the epilogue, DAZN will deliver viewers all of sights and sounds of fight night, revealing the fighter’s raw and intimate moments before, during and after their title bout.
Created by Emmy Award-winning producers, THE JOURNEY: CANELO/ROCKY will be embedded inside the lives of both prize fighters as they grind through their respective training camps. The fight on Dec. 15 marks new territory for both fighters. Pound-for-pound superstar Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will move up to the super middleweight division for the fight time in his 13-year professional career, seeking to win a title in his third weight division. This 168-pound showdown will also be Canelo’s first fight at the historic Madison Square Garden. Fighting out of Liverpool, England, Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs), who at six-foot-one towers over the Mexican champion, will risk his super middleweight title against Canelo, as he looks to spring a monumental upset in his first fight on American soil.
CANELO VS. ROCKY marks the first fight of Canelo Alvarez’s blockbuster 11-fight partnership with DAZN. The ground-breaking, exclusive deal with Canelo is the richest athlete contract in sports history and the Dec. 15 showdown at the historic Madison Square Garden will officially usher the new era of boxing as the undisputed king of pay-per-view boxing will fight for a low monthly subscription cost of $9.99 after a one-month free trial.
Canelo vs. Rocky Fielding Live in U.S. Movie Theaters December 15
Fresh off his middleweight victory over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) steps up to 168 lbs. to face Rocky Fielding(27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December 15. Broadcast live from the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City, boxing fans can catch all the action in their local cinemas as Canelo challenges Rocky for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title in what is certain to be a thrilling 12-round main event.
In the co-main event, middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will look to make a second potential Knockout of the Year performance before 2018 ends as he takes on Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round battle.
Tickets for “Canelo vs. Rocky” can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
The live broadcast of “Canelo vs. Rocky,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Fathom Events, is set for Saturday,December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT/ 7 p.m. MT/ 6 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. AK/ 4 p.m. HI. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
A 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England, Fielding will be making his U.S. debut as he defends his title against one of the biggest names in boxing. Fielding has only suffered one loss in his career as he worked his way up the division through some of the toughest fighters in the U.K. Fielding’s last fight was in July, a victory over Germany’s Tyron Zeuge to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title.
“This is great way to watch Canelo make history as he steps up in weight to win a world title in a third division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m pleased that fans will be able to watch this event at local cinemas across the nation.”
“With each of his fights broadcast in cinemas, Canelo continues to enthrall boxing fans coast to coast,” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. “We’re pleased to partner once again with Golden Boy, and for the first time with Matchroom and DAZN, to bring this highly-anticipated bout to fans nationwide.”
Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.
Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.