Where do the top fighters fight?

Pretty regularly you can find comments about people dropping their DAZN or ESPN+ subscription, cutting the cord on Showtime, etc. As a glutton for punishment (i.e. boxing fanatic), I subscribe to all of 'em (including the fantastic ProBox offering), and was curious to know how each was doing insofar as providing access to the top fighters.

One metric for this is to look at the #1 guy by division, and where one can find them, so I took to the BLH divisional rankings, and here's what I found:

HW: ESPN (Fury, or Usyk, for that matter)

200: DAZN (Opetaia recently signed with Matchroom, and makes his debut 9/30)

175: DAZN (Bivol)

168: SHO PPV (Canelo's here for the time being)

160: ESPN (BLH has Charlo #1, but as this is about actually watching people fight, I'm elevating Janibek to the #1 spot)

154: SHOWTIME (Jermell is gone, and Tszyu jumps to #1 in my book)

147: SHO PPV (Bud Crawford's next two fights are tied to PBC which = PPV)

140: DAZN (Prograis is a tenuous #1, but with Haney probably (maybe but not definitely) up next, he'll have a chance to prove it.

135: ESPN (not sure how to call this, as Haney appears to be moving up and away from TR, which leaves Loma (#2) or Shakur (#4) as active 135 top guys and both are with ESPN. Tank's future is clouded in mystery, so going with this.

130: ESPN (Navarette)

126: DAZN (Wood in a division that could see him or Lopez ion the top spot, and soon probably Robeisy....)

122: ESPN (Inoue hopefully next fights on the mothership and not the "+")

118: SHOWTIME (the top of this division kinda stinks, but Santiago and Rodriguez are tied to PBC and fight here or on PPV undercards till they lose... which will probably be soon)

115: DAZN (Estrada)

112: DAZN (Edwards-Bam for supremacy in December)

108: ESPN (Teraji has been picked up on TR feeds on the +)

105: couldn't tell ya




As is often the case with boxing, there's no clear winner and, much like the scattered belts themselves, we have to follow multiple entities to remain fans and catch the best fights. If there's a tie-breaker to apply, it's women's boxing, where DAZN reigns supreme, so we'll give them the nod here, to the extent that matters. Ultimately the quality of fights and value for money is what most of us care about, and that's a harder (and more subjective) one to quantify.

What did we learn? Probably nothing, but I enjoyed the exercise.

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