Sky Sports made a swift move as British boxing fans launched expletive-ridden rants for the channel opting to show a YouTube fight on November 9 over Canelo a week earlier.
Rights were secured for Sky Sports Action to show Canelo’s history-making collision with Sergey Kovalev on November 2.
This comes after criticism of Sky for adding the broadcast for the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch a week later almost immediately once that clash was confirmed.
Canelo moves up TWO weight divisions to become a four-weight world title holder against the formidable Kovalev.
With just seven days to go, the UK fraternity will be able to see on one of the biggest collisions of the year.
Disgruntled punters were previously fuming, with x-rated comments flying all over social media.
Here is just a small selection of what’s being aimed at Sky, Smith and promoter Eddie Hearn prior to Saturday’s announcement.
“KSI vs Logan takes priority over Kovalev vs Canelo in Sky Sports and Eddie Hearns eyes!!! – Step up BT or ITV! It’s a business and about the biggest PPV. I get that, but to put debutant amateurs above the other fight is ridiculous IMO.”
“Sky have let this man be in charge of their boxing for way too long. If he is putting YouTubers on Sky instead of Canelo v Kovalev. Adam Smith and Eddie Hearn are taking boxing fans for mugs!!
“Adam Smith confirming that Canelo v Kovalev won’t be on Sky Sports. What’s the point anymore?”
“I’m complaining Sky couldn’t afford Canelo Kovalev. The c**** couldn’t have even afforded this! Going bust for boxing, Sky is.”
“Can’t believe Sky is showing two YouTubers fight but not Canelo VS Kovalev. Absolute bull****. (I’m) Seriously considering canceling Sky Sports subscription. Disgraceful! You should hang your heads in shame!
“Who the f*** are these two? Sky showing this instead of the Canelo fight is a p***take!”
Sense had finally prevailed and Sky has come through for what should be a cracking fight.
Canelo vs Kovalev holds massive interest across the boxing globe. It will be shown live in Cinemas and on DAZN in the US.