Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza Belittled Dana White, Flaunting Numbers That UFC Never Reached
At the Canelo vs. Charlo presser, Showtime’s Espinoza fired back at Dana White, citing record-breaking numbers that the UFC had never achieved in its history. Tension escalates between boxing and UFC promoters.
Promoter clashes are pretty common in the world of sports, where they strive to showcase their own product as superior. Case in point: Dana White, the UFC President, recently criticized Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s sports executive overseeing boxing content, dubbing their product as “Sh***y”. In retaliation at a recent press conference for the Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo fight, Espinoza shot back, highlighting their event’s impressive gate numbers, asserting they’ve hit such highs three times in just six months—a feat the UFC has never achieved in its entire history.
Stephen Espinoza Hits Back at Dana White, Citing Numbers That UFC Never Generated
White sarcastically responded to the rumors about Showtime Sports exiting boxing, and expressing his disregard for Stephen Espinoza, but called Showtime a subpar product and claims it has to be off air.
In the recent presser White made a statement, “It’s incredibly unfortunate. Production of the show was fantastic. The guy who runs showtime boxing is a great human being. It is unfortunate to hear this. Fu*k Espinoza. It’s about time that the sh**y product off air.”
During the Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo press conference, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza responded to White, countering the remarks. He stated, “Not all combat sports are the same. No disrespect to anyone, but there are levels to this.
He added, “This event will generate a gate (money from ticket sales) of over $20million. Our third $20million+ gate in the last six months. To put that in perspective – the UFC has never done a $20million gate in its entire history. We’ve done it three times since April.”
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Indeed, boxing has historically been a sport that generates substantial revenue, often surpassing the UFC in gate earnings and fighter purses. Despite a dip in viewership, boxing remains highly lucrative for athletes and stakeholders, with significant financial returns.
While the UFC is the fastest growing sport and gaining popularity worldwide, boxing’s financial appeal remains unmatched, making it a major draw for both fans and those involved in the sport.