“No More Than 5 Years”: After Showtime’s Exit From Boxing, Teofimo Lopez Warns Eddie Hearn About Upcoming Downfall Of DAZN

Published 11/09/2023, 1:56 AM EST

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The ripple effect of Paramount’s Showtime Sports’ exit from boxing is sending shockwaves throughout the combat sports community. Due to the introduction of new streaming services, Paramount has decided to use its resources in domains other than boxing. For the same reason, they even had to use cost-cutting strategies to garner profit from the Bellator MMA. So, Paramount has been making moves to sustain itself in the sports industry, but nobody could predict the shutdown of Showtime Boxing, except one particular individual.

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In a two-year-old interview with FightHype, Teofimo Lopez predicted the downfall of Showtime Sports. When it actually happened, a lot of fans were shocked about such a coincidence. A few weeks ago Lopez revealed yet another one of his premonitions. He talked about how DAZN wouldn’t be active after five years. He’s emphasized this prediction again for the second time.

Teofimo Lopez forecasts DAZN’s shutdown in a couple of years

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Just some time ago, the famous Sports commentator Rich Marotta talked about canceling his subscription to the DAZN boxing streaming service. He stated that $225 per annum is a bit overpriced and is not worth it. This post came to the boxer’s attention, and Teofimo Lopez instantly shared this post on the X app and stated that his prediction was going to be accurate once again.

He stated, “Like I said.. no more than 5 years! It’s going to happen whether you sterling silver spoon feed shmuck likes it or not!” He also used a hashtag, that said, ‘Analytics don’t lie.’ Lopez seems quite sure about this claim, and it is yet to be seen what happens with the future of the DAZN. Will it face the same demise as Showtime in the coming years?

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The Matchroom Boxing CEO begs to differ as he doesn’t validate the claims of Teofimo Lopez even for a bit. In fact, in his recent statement, he slammed the boxer for saying such a thing about a broadcasting organization.

Eddie Hearn disregards Lopez’s claims

In his interview with Seconds Out, Eddie Hearn talked about how this isn’t a new thing that people are talking about the decline of the DAZN. He mentioned when DAZN started, most of the fans didn’t really think they’d even continue for six months, now it has been almost 8 years since it’s been established. Hearn also mentioned them having over 1.3 million subscribers to date, so he doesn’t think the organization is going anywhere. He took a jab at Lopez, saying, “He’s on another planet.

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Then Hearn enunciated, “He’s a great fighter, but he has absolutely zero idea about commercial boxing. So much so that Top Rank can’t even get him in the ring. He was supposed to have that Heisman date [December 9th]. Can you imagine having a sensible conversation about Teofimo Lopez’s purse?” He also mentioned that Lopez couldn’t even sell out 5,600 seats in the Hula Theatre for his bout against Josh Taylor. Also, Matchroom Boxing had a difficult time selling tickets for his fight against George Kambosos Jr.

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But Hearn believes that Lopez thinks he’s worth around $10 million, which is really not the case. But the boxer is still adamant about his views on DAZN, and it was proven by his recent post on the X. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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