Connect with us

Worldwide

WHO WON THE WEEKEND? DAZN Get The Nod, Or Does AJ?

Published

on

WHO WON THE WEEKEND? DAZN Get The Nod, Or Does AJ?

More people know how to pronounce it now, I think, after the successful Saturday night live-fight boxing debut of the DAZN streaming service, featuring an Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin main event.

So, to me, my vote for Who Won the Weekend goes to the Perform media arm DAZN, which presented an AJ Wembley bash and did so on a stream that drew high marks from most everyone I saw who cared to weigh in.

But NYFights is more than me…it’s a fam, a crew…so, crew, what say you? Who Won the Weekend?

“DAZN won the weekend with it's excellent production of the Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin fight,” said Kelsey McCarson. “It was a great way to kick off live event boxing coverage on the global streaming network here in the U.S. and the event was excellent. Joshua won a really fun fight to defend his heavyweight titles and Brian Kenny and Ray Leonard were awesome ringside commentators.”

“Anthony Joshua definitely won this weekend,” said John Gatling. “Based on everything we saw from an elite Povetkin, he would've given Deontay Wilder a lot of problems had they been able to fight and is probably a better win than Bomb Squad's survival of Luiz Ortiz. The DAZN app got off to a solid start as a result of this performance, and put all the pressure on Wilder against Tyson Fury. But AJ not only got a huge win, but all of the momentum going into 2019.”

And what say you, David Phillips? “While Alex Povekin is no longer top-tier and clearly on the way out (“We all are. Act accordingly.”), Anthony Joshua’s 7th round KO showed every reason why the heavyweight division is so exciting after the moribund Klitschko era. He is vulnerable – even against Povetkin and his surely graying beard – but that, along with his power, skill, and personality, make his fights an electric experience. Now we just need to line him up against Wilder. So, who won the weekend? The heavyweight division.”

“Anthony Joshua won the weekend,” opned Abe Gonzalez. “Although he was not impressive early in the fight, it's the way he finished the fight that everyone will remember. This win further solidifies his “A-Side” position for any future unification fight. By the way, did you see that their was over eighty thousand in attendance? Anthony Joshua is a star and whether Wilder or Fury, the fight will be the biggest international event of our time if it ever happens.”

“Does Monday count as part of the weekend? It does this week and Kosei Tanaka, who has just defeated Sho Kimura, gets my vote for WWTW,” said Colin Morrison. “The fight, which is well worth watching, took place in Nagoya, Japan. Kimura was defending his WBO flyweight title but it was Tanaka who prevailed via majority decision in the mini-classic. Tanaka (12-0-0, 7KOs) is just 23-years-old and today's title win makes him a three weight world champion already. Whatever day of the week it is, that's good enough to win any weekend.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.