Report: Boxing star in hot water for hosting illegal stream of big fight

Subscription sports streaming platform DAZN is reportedly considering action against Sergey Kovalev after he hosted a live stream of their main event.

DAZN was showing last week’s big fight between Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith, with the main event open for subscribers to tune into.

A monthly subscription is worth $USD19.99 while an annual deal is $USD99.99 and the fight was even available on pay-per-view for $USD69.99 with an additional four-month subscription.

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But former lightweight heavyweight champion Kovalev hosted an illegal live stream of the main event.

According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, those actions could land him in serious hot water with DAZN considering action against him.

“Executives at the streaming service, sources said, were alarmed and extremely frustrated by Kovalev’s brazen behaviour,” Coppinger wrote.

Neither Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas nor DAZN provided a comment for the original report from The Athletic.

Complicating matters is the fact Kovalev is due to fight Bektemir Melikuziev on DAZN on January 30.

Alvarez ended the longest layoff of his career last Saturday, capturing two world super middleweight titles by beating previously undefeated Smith with a unanimous decision in Texas.

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Three division champion Alvarez claimed the vacant WBC title and Smith’s WBA version of the 168-pound belt, overcoming a stark height difference as he moved up in weight class for the fight in front of a pandemic-limited crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Alvarez improved to 54-1-2 with 36 knockouts, while Smith suffered the first defeat of his pro career and dropped to 27-1, 19 knockouts.

Saturday’s victory rekindles the possibility of a third fight between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who lost to Alvarez in a controversial majority decision in Las Vegas in 2018.

All three judges gave the fight to Alvarez with two scoring it 119-109 and the third 117-111.

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