Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez filed a lawsuit against its promoter on Tuesday Oscar de la hoya, against the company Golden Boy Promotions, and against the platform DAZN. The legal appeal was made in a federal court in Los Angeles, where the fighter accuses the defendants of breach of contract.
Mike coppinger, reporter for The Athletic, revealed that he obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed by the Canelo against DAZN, Golden boy and Oscar de la hoya.
The best of DAZN
“I’m the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” he said. Alvarez in a statement addressed to The Athletic. “I am not afraid of any rival in the ring. I’m not going to let the failures of my broadcast platform or my promoters keep me out of the ring. I filed the lawsuit to be able to return to boxing and to give the fans what they deserve. “
BREAKING: Canelo Alvarez filed suit vs. Oscar De La Hoya, GBP & DAZN today in Los Angeles Federal Court, a copy of which @TheAthletic obtained.
“I’m not scared of any opponent in the ring, and I’m not going to let failures of my broadcaster or promotors keep me out of the ring”
– Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 9, 2020
The reasons for the Canelo demand
The bond that the Canelo Alvarez has with DAZN It is not direct, but through Golden boy. It was the promoter who signed with DAZN the fights of Canelo, but the fighter’s contract is with Golden boy and not directly with DAZN. Golden boy is, then, the intermediary between Saul and DAZN.
When the promoter signed with DAZN, promised two fights of the Canelo by year. And one of those two fights would be against an opponent who entered the category that DAZN qualifies as a “premier fighter.”
The center of the dispute, according to research by Mike Coppinger for The Athletic, is in that DAZN does not consider that Sergey Kovalev or Daniel Jacobs enter the category of “premier fighters”. For DAZN, that category of fighters are the ones who contribute to sell millions of pay per event, such as Miguel Cotto or Floyd mayweather.
And the Canelo and his team ensure that in the contract they signed with Golden boy there is no demand on the rival. However, in the contract that Golden boy signed with DAZN for the fights of CaneloYes, there seems to be that requirement. The team of Canelo, according Coppinger, had not been able to access the contract DAZN with Golden boy.