Pound-for-pound superstar Canelo Alvarez’s (57-1-2, 30 KOs) next two fights will be on DAZN.
The first fight will see boxing’s biggest attraction step up in weight to take on Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) in a bid for the WBA light-heavyweight title on May 7. The second fight in the two-fight deal is set for September.
The May 7 blockbuster will be available to subscribers around the world on DAZN, excluding Latin America and Mexico. In the U.S. & Canada, the event will be offered exclusively on DAZN Pay-Per-View (PPV) - newly introduced for very select events to come - and priced at $59.99 for current subscribers and $79.99 for new subscribers (inclusive of a one-month subscription to DAZN).
“It is an absolute honour to announce a multi-fight promotional deal with the pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. Canelo transcends boxing and is the biggest star in the sport, and we look forward to promoting some historic nights in 2022 live on DAZN PPV,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “First up, Saul takes on yet another champion, this time in the shape of fearsome, undefeated WBA Light-Heavyweight king Dmitry Bivol. Fans can expect a thrilling all-action match-up, and we look forward to the pair coming face to face in San Diego next Wednesday. "
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Alvarez claimed the IBF super-middleweight strap last time out against a tough Caleb Plant, becoming the first boxer ever to become undisputed champion at super-middleweight. Prior to that, the Mexican star picked up the WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring Magazine super-middleweight titles against Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders, respectively, all within a year to make history and cement his spot as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, a memorable period that saw the 31-year-old bag numerous fighter of the year awards including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Ring Magazine.
"I am very happy with this fight against Dmitry Bivol," Alvarez said. "It is another great challenge for me and my career -- especially as I go up in weight and face an exceptional light heavyweight champion like Bivol."
“I am also very excited that we have this fight slated for Cinco De Mayo Weekend -- May 7 -- for all the fans to enjoy. We will be ready like we always are."
Bivol has been flawless in the paid ranks and now bags the blockbuster showdown he’s been craving in the form of boxing’s pound-for-pound king Canelo. Bivol picked up the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2016 and has defended it an impressive ten times already to become of the best active light-heavyweight fighters in the world.
“I always only wanted to fight the best! I believe that the rest of my goals will begin materialize on May 7th!” Dimitry Bivol said.
“Bivol vs. Canelo, this is going to be a very competitive and interesting fight," Andrei Ryabinskiy of World of Boxing said. "I am very glad that we were able to make this happen. For Dmitry, this is a big chance!”
“This will be a great night of boxing where two of the best collide for the highest recognition in the sport!," Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, said. "The victor on May 7th will go on to become the biggest name in boxing for many more years to come!”
2022 – At A Glance
Aside from the May 7 event, DAZN’s schedule for U.S. subscribers in 2022 is strong as ever, including the below with dozens more still to come:
- February 5: Carlos Cuadras vs. Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (Winner)
- February 12: Daniel Jacobs vs. John Ryder (Winner)
- February 19: Jaime Munguía (Winner) vs. D’Mitrius Ballard
- February 27: Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak
- March 5: Chocolatito III vs. Julio Cesar Martinez
- March 12: Leigh Wood vs. Michael Conlan
- March 19: Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson
- March 26: Kiko Martinez vs. Josh Warrington II
- April 9: Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe
- April 30: Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano
- May 7: Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol (Live Exclusively on DAZN PPV)
The May 7 Canelo vs. Bivol mega matchup will be on DAZN PPV in the U.S., marking the first of very occasional events to come that will be sparingly offered to fight fans on top of a DAZN subscription. This event is priced at $59.99 for current subscribers on the app and $79.99 for new subscribers (inclusive of one month’s subscription to DAZN).
The DAZN subscription in the U.S. is currently priced at $19.99 a month or just $99.99 for an entire year (which equates to only $8.33 per month). At this unrivaled value, existing subscribers will continue to enjoy a stacked boxing schedule of at least 50 top-tier fight nights annually, discounted PPV events, and an ever-growing slate of DAZN Originals, including many of the most fascinating stories and figures in boxing.
New subscribers to DAZN in the U.S. can continue to take advantage of the current annual subscription cost of $99.99 until May 2. Those signing up for an annual subscription after May 2 will be charged the new annual price of $149.99 (which still just equates to only $12.50 per month). Existing subscribers will be grandfathered in at their current $99.99 annual subscription cost.
“We’re delighted to continue growing our long-term partnership with Canelo, beginning with a spectacular fight between the pound-for-pound king and a very tough and determined champ in Dmitry Bivol,” said Ed Breeze, DAZN EVP, Rights. “Both fighters were eager for this battle, and we’re thrilled to make it happen around the world on DAZN as well as in the U.S. & Canada by way of the introduction of DAZN PPV. It’s a truly mega matchup, and we look forward to broadcasting it to fight fans all over the globe.”