Column: Fans get played as boxing takes back seat to UFC
LAS VEGAS — The ring was empty, boxing’s biggest attraction was taking a nap and fans who paid more than $1,000 a ticket to see Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev face off for the light heavyweight title were instead watching a UFC fight from New York on the big screens at the MGM Grand Garden arena.
There was plenty of time for those watching at home on DAZN to take a nap themselves. The fight wouldn’t start until 1:15 a.m. on the East Coast because the streaming service didn’t want to go head-to-head with a UFC event — even with a fighter so popular that DAZN signed him to a $365 million contract that seemed to defy the logic of boxing economics.
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