Misfits and DAZN introduced the first tag team boxing match this weekend, and fans of the sport had plenty to say.
The rules see the in-ring fighter’s teammate waiting in the corner to tag in. If they fancy a breather, they raise their arm to let the referee know they want to switch. It can be done unlimited times, but only when there’s a pause in the action – so no arm raising when a left hook is inches from their face.
This fight featured B Dave and Luis Alcaraz Pineda against IcePoseidon and Anthony Vargas – although it’s safe to say that it was the concept itself viewers were tuning in for.
Broadcast on DAZN as part of a five-year deal with KSI’s crossover boxing outfit, it’s the latest innovation to this sideshow of the sport to build hype.
Previously, one of the cards had a secret opponent that was only revealed to the audience at the time of the ring walks – something that was largely received quite well for what it was.
The tag team was a step further though, and the reaction was to be the same.
IT'S ALL OVER 🤯
— MF & DAZN X Series (@MF_DAZNXSeries) March 4, 2023
There were plenty of negative comments – as there always is with the crossover scene – branding it bad for boxing, a gimmick, and just plain dangerous.
However, one fan wrote ‘I thought I would absolutely hate this, but it turned out to be awesome’ – and many followed. Some called it creative and entertaining, whilst others simply enjoyed the chaos.
Promoter Lou DiBella gave his thoughts on Twitter, calling it ‘wacky brilliance’ and admitting that he found it entertaining without his ‘purist’ hat on.
Given the scale of reaction, both good and bad, it’s safe to say that Misfits are onto a winner in terms of disruption and views.
Some fans began to put together fantasy tag team matchups together with professional boxers – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua against Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder for example. Now there’s a thought…