“As a former TV executive,” said DiBella, who worked for HBO for 11 years. “The sports needs a jolt of adrenaline.”
The tournament works on a point system. A fighter gets two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. After the three Group Stages are completed, the top four point scorers advance to the semifinal.
Each fighter is guaranteed three fights with the winner and runner-up getting five fights.
Taylor believes this tournament will be a defining moment for him. “I was sitting at home wondering who is next,” said Taylor. “This is it [for me]. It’s a blessing.”
For Dirrell, the least experienced fighter of the group, its a chance for him to put his name among the sport’s elite. “It’s my time. Everything’s falling into place,” said Dirrell. “This could help me become the greatest that ever lived.”