Popular Hip-Hop artist Jay-Z decided to make some noise in the boxing world today with his new company Roc Nation Sports. In a surprising move by Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports, headed by new hire Dave Itskowitch, outbid both Golden Boy and Top Rank in a purse bid for the fight between undefeated middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KO’) and number one contender Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KO’s).
The $1.9 million dollar purse bid came in at a shocking high price. Golden Boy was rumored to bid around $1.2 million for the fight while Top Rank bid around $600k. Iskowitch, a veteran in the boxing game for almost twenty years and who worked under both Lou Dibella and Golden Boy Promotions, told ESPN that Roc Nation was ready to make “an immediate and dramatic impact.” The fight is expected to take place at the Barclay’s Center or in Washington D.C in November.