The clash between UFC and Showtime Boxing has always been a topic of intrigue. Even though Dana White had previously collaborated with Showtime for the monumental Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor showdown in August 2017, there has always been a kind of animosity.
During a recent interaction with a reporter, Dana White didn’t mince his words. In response to inquiries regarding rumors of Showtime’s potential departure from boxing, White expressed his sentiment unequivocally.
Following the eighth episode of the highly acclaimed Dana White’s Contender Series, he said in an interview: “F*** [Stephen] Espinoza and it’s about time that sh**y product is off the air.”
Dana White has been always motivated by heavyweight icon Mike Tyson. This was why he was motivated to seize complete control of the UFC’s internal and external television production processes.
White has been teasing the launch of ‘Zuffa Boxing’ for more than six years, ever since Mayweather-McGregor’s popularity led to over four million pay-per-view purchases. But it never materialized for one reason or another.
Callum Walsh is an up-and-coming Irish combatant who has acquired popularity thanks to many appearances on UFC Fight Pass, including his forthcoming match against Ismael Villarreal in November. White stated that he would be a possible signee if Walsh chose to get into boxing.
Dana White’s fervent love for boxing permeates through his actions. Whether it’s ringside observations of Canelo Alvarez’s masterful displays or insightful commentary on boxing bouts like Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, White’s passion is apparent.
Dana White is obviously passionate about the sport, but it is unclear if he will really enter the boxing world.
The upcoming Showtime event will be shown live from the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. It will feature Alvarez and Jermell Charlo in the headline contest.