Scheduling fiasco pits Aussie vs Aussie


Champion fighters Jeff Horn and Robert Whittaker could be the big losers of an Australian pay-per-view (PPV) first with the Aussie pair’s title fights taking place on the same day.

WBO welterweight boxing champion Horn is scheduled to fight undefeated American slugger Terence Crawford in Las Vegas on June 10 in arguably the biggest bout of his career.

However, fight fans will either have to choose between Horn and Whittaker or fork out more than $100 to watch both title fights.

Whittaker is attempting to defend his UFC middleweight title in the UFC 225 rematch with Yoel Romero in Chicago on the same day Horn plots Crawford’s downfall.

Both fights will be available to buy on Foxtel with a special pop-up channel dedicated for the boxing, which will be available from 10am (AEST) for $49.95.

Horn’s fight against undefeated Crawford is arguably the biggest of his career. Pic: Getty

Whittaker’s rematch with Romero will be available from midday (AEST) on the regular Main Event channel for an even steeper price of $54.95.

Horn’s team believes the decision by Arum to stage the fight on the same day as Whittaker could cost their man more than $1-million in PPV takings.

UFC boss Dana White has also taken aim at Arum, who co-promotes Crawford – in the wake of the scheduling nightmare.

“Bob’s an arsehole,” White said.

“But the thing you have to understand with this guy, he’s 103 years old now. He’s losing his memory.”

“But I don’t care what sort of boxing card they put on that Sunday.

Whittaker is hoping to defend his title against Romero at UFC 225. Pic: Getty

“It won’t be the same as watching Rob Whittaker.

“Rob’s a guy with incredible hands. Genuine knockout power.

“And his takedown defence — outstanding. Which is a problem because if you don’t take him down, chances are you’re going to sleep.

“He’s the UFC middleweight champ for a reason. All he ever does is challenge the toughest f…ers we have.”