Alvarez has filed the suit over his promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions and his $365 million contract with DAZN.
A series of tweets posted by Dan Rafael reveals that DAZN wanted the option to book Alvarez against an opponent they deem to be “premium,” with some of those opponents being UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal:
One of the central issues in the Canelo/DAZN issue is that he is supposed to fight 2x per year with at least 1 fight being against a "premium" opponent. Fair enough. At issue is who constitutes a "premium" opponent. (more)— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 9, 2020
DAZN considers GGG "premium" but claims guys like Jacobs & Kovalev weren't (I strongly disagree, especially given what DAZN paid for them.) DAZN has also not given Canelo a list of those are would be considered "premium" foes. (more)— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 9, 2020
DAZN approved Callum Smith & BJS for Canelo but not as "premium" guys & wanted to dramatically cut license fee. I'm told DAZN would consider (not joking) De La Hoya, Jorge Masvidal & Khabib "premium" foes even though Oscar is 47, not since '08 & other guys aren't boxers. (more)— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 9, 2020
There has been no comment from DAZN as to whether or not they consider Nurmagomedov and Masvidal as premium opponents for Alvarez.