In an effort to revolutionize the boxing world, Ryan Kavanaugh has proudly rolled out the Triller Fight Club. As a natural extension of the Triller social media network, this club aims to bring big events that capture the interests of the 17- to 27-year-old crowd. As a co-founder, Snoop Dogg has hopped on this hype train as he loves how the events bring music and combat sports together. Although their initial efforts have had some hiccups, it’s clear that their events have what it takes to become the next big thing.
An All-New Way to Experience Boxing
Along with his fellow co-owner Bobby Sarnevesht, Ryan Kavanaugh saw an opportunity to jumpstart the world of boxing with music. Traditional fights only focused on the technical details, leaving Gen Z without much interest in the sport. That didn’t stop them from talking about the matches online, however, inspiring the Triller team to take a closer look.
Upon discovering what the new generation wants from boxing, they decided to hold their first bout by bringing Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. together. YouTube Jake Paul and NBA star Nate Robinson decided to square up for the event as well. On top of that, they brought in Lil Wayne, French Montana, and Wiz Khalifa to perform for the crowds and complete the Triller Fight Club experience.
More than one million viewers tuned in for the event, making it a huge success and inspiring even more events. While aiming to kick off their second event, there were more than a few complications, resulting in their plans getting scrapped.
Fight Plans Scrapped Due to Complications
For the second fight club event, entrepreneur Ryan Kavanaugh put in a $6 million bid for Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos going head to head in a lightweight title fight. Upon winning that bid, he put it on the books for June only to find out about the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight on June 6th. Then, he pushed it back until June 19th and immediately found out that Lopez was diagnosed with COVID-19.
In an effort to work within the quarantine rules, Kavanaugh offered to pay for a US rental for Kambosos, but that offer was declined. Then, he sought to move the fight to Australia to no avail because the International Boxing Federation forbade it. Moving the fight to October 4th was a no-go as well due to conflicts with baseball playoffs, Monday Night Football games, and other boxing matches.
As a last-ditch effort, Triller Fight Club looked for another date to reschedule, but Kambosos failed to respond. Then, he missed his flight to the states and asked for an increase in pay, ending the journey toward a second event.
Excellent Opportunities Still on the Horizon
After taking a moment to regroup, Ryan Kavanaugh elected to start planning the third fight club event: TrillerVerz III. Instead of going for the reigning champs, he found up-and-coming boxers from New York. Then, he went the whole nine yards by bringing in DJ Super Cat & Friends to perform. As the grand finale, Big Daddy Kane and KRS-ONE will throw down in an iconic rap battle.
As Kavanaugh and his crew aim to reinvent the wheel, the boxing world is definitely feeling a bit shaken up. Through their efforts, they’ll undoubtedly leave a lasting mark on the sport, inspiring new faces to come to take a look at all the action.