Stephen Espinoza, President of Showtime Boxing, assured that the billboard of UFC 268 will not interfere with the times of the fight between Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and Caleb Plant on November 6.
“I’m a fan of other sports too, but when you have the Super bowl of boxing, an event that occurs every time Canelo fight, we have the responsibility to treat it like this and maximize it, so that it is not left aside, “he said. Espinoza to Dan rafael from Ring TV. “It is not about belittling the event that we have, and I make it clear that this has nothing to do with the supposed rivalry between boxing and the UFC“.
The super middleweight unification fight will collide with the main card of UFC 268, which will have fighters like Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Rose namajunas and Justin Gaethje.
For Espinoza, it is not negotiable to move the moment in which Canelo will step into the ring to crash into the mixed martial arts event.
“We have a very passionate fan base here and we have to serve them the best we can, and it is best not to make them wait 45 minutes or any other hour,” he said.
Billboard Canelo and Plant will be presented at the MGM Grand from Las Vegas and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. CDMX.
In addition to the fight for the super middle belts, there will also be the fights between Joselito Velazquez and Gilberto mendoza in flyweights and King Vargas vs Leonardo Baez in the super roosters.
They don’t want to repeat UFC experience with Canelo-Plant
Canelo Alvarez will not seek to compete in audiences with the mixed martial arts company, since previously in 2019, before Sergey Kovalev, shared time with the billboard of the event UFC 244 in which the fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate diaz.
At that time it was decided to delay the fight between Saul and Kovalev about an hour not to compete directly with the other event, a situation that stops Espinoza it should not be repeated.
“You have to respect the time and money of the people, the payments per event and respect everyone who participates in the card,” he said. “Making this decision to make boxing’s biggest star wait for 45 minutes or an hour is a decision that from my point of view came from people who did not understand the sport or did not respect it as an elite event at the time. ”.
That time, Saul knocked out the Russian in the 11th round to get the light heavyweight belt of the OMB.
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– Dan Rafael (@ DanRafael1) November 5, 2021