Triller and FITE TV are looking to mesh boxing with music in the latest monthly boxing series, TrillerVerzuz. The series will feature monthly Tuesday night fights kicking off with a full boxing card and rap battles featuring notable hip hop and R&B artists.
If you’re unfamiliar with Triller, it’s a music platform that combines some elements of Spotify and TikTok. People take licensed music and post their own videos, but since it’s more in-bed with music labels, you can do a whole song instead of just a short clip like on TikTok.
But for these events, you can watch all the boxing and the rap battle on the platform or on their website or at Fite.TV.
The boxing is sort of the undercard here, as we’ll see some quality fights but nothing too earth shattering from The Hulu Theater at MSG (the old Felt Forum next to Madison Square Garden). The main event for the first one on August 3rd is Michael Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KO) vs. Mike Wilson (21-1, 10 KO) for 10 rounds in what is a WBA Heavyweight World Title Eliminator bout. Hunter enters as the heavy favorite, with the winner getting a shot at champion Trevor Bryan.
Expect the ring walks for the main event to be about 8:00 p.m., and here’s the rest of the card. Not a ton of headlining names here.
Chris Algieri vs. Mikkel LesPierre
Aaron Aponte vs. Gerardo Gonzalez
Joe Ward vs. Troy Williams
Eric Walker vs. Ivan Golub: Vacant IBF – USBA Welterweight Title
Christina Cruz vs. Indeya Smith
Matthew Tinker vs. Michael Rycraft
Robert Sabbagh vs. Cleveland Billingsley III
Nikoloz Sekhniashvili vs. Guido Schramm
But most people won’t be here for the boxing, but the battling.
If you’re unfamiliar with Verzuz, it’s basically when two major hip-hop stars play all their hits and go back and forth on a stage. The one with Gucci Mane vs. Jeezy from Atlanta’s Magic City Strip Club at one point had 9.1 million streamers, and Stacey Abrams was on it trying to get people to vote. It’s a seminal moment in hip-hop history.
For this first of what will be a monthly series at the Hulu Theater, the folks at Triller got a pair of NYC-based groups that should make for a fun show. The LOX (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch) & Dipset aka The Diplomats (Cam’ron, Freekey Zeekey, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana) have plenty of hits between them, so this should be a fun show and give plenty of fodder for endless takes and memes on social media from fans.
With the success of previous Triller boxing shows on PPV, it looks like they’re trying to get in the fight game for good. We’ll see if it holds, or if this is just another fly-by-night boxing promotion.