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HBO announces it won’t televise Golden Boy Promotions’ fights

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Rising star Adrien Broner, right, will no longer be featured on HBO after Monday's announcement.

Rising star Adrien Broner, right, will no longer be featured on HBO after Monday’s announcement. [Richard Vogel/AP]

For the last year, HBO has watched as Golden Boy Promotions has moved many of its top fighters from HBO to Showtime. On Monday, HBO struck back: The network announced that it would no longer buy any fights from Golden Boy Promotions.

“In order to achieve our goal of the best fighters in the most compelling matchups we’ve decided to focus our efforts and resources on those strategic relationships where we better share common goals and business philosophies,” HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said in a statement.

The decision is a decisive move from HBO to strike back at Golden Boy. Since Stephen Espinoza — a former Golden Boy attorney — took over as the head of the sports department at Showtime, Golden Boy has pulled several of its top fighters including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Canelo Alavarez and Andre Berto off of HBO and onto Showtime. Last month, Floyd Mayweather — who works closely with Golden Boy —announced he was leaving HBO, his broadcast partner for virtually his entire career, to sign a lucrative deal with Showtime.

Among the casualties of HBO’s decision is Adrien Broner, a rising star who has been a staple on HBO. HBO sources made it clear that it was nothing against Broner, but they will not put him on the network as long as Golden Boy represents him. Likewise for Bernard Hopkins, a longtime HBO fighter who last week became the oldest man to win a major title when he defeated Tavoris Cloud on HBO.

The decision to stop doing business with Golden Boy is being called indefinite.

Golden Boy CEO called the decision “retaliation” and “ill advised.”

I’m not really surprised,” Schaefer told SI.com. “I have not had a conversation with Ken Hershman since last November or December. They are upset at me, I’m sure they are upset at Al Haymon. But the ones getting hurt are the subscribers. Whether you like Golden Boy or you don’t, our stable is second to none. I wished them well. (HBO Vice President) Kery Davis, (VP) Mart Taffet, (CEO) Richard Plepler, I consider them friends. But there are people making decisions in the HBO sports department that don’t know the difference between Floyd Mayweather and Jessie Vargas.”

— Chris Mannix

  • Published On Mar 18, 2013
  • 8 comments
    GuerreroFight
    GuerreroFight

    Honestly can't believe HBO let this contract go! Boxing itself as a sport is done, all it has left was Floyd Mayweather and his antics and now HBO let that go. Great move for Showtime though, and they are pushing it properly, even replaced the HBO 24/7 with a Mayweather vs Guerrero All Access, more info available on http://mayweatherguerrero.info, will be updated daily until fight night.

    SarahTaylor
    SarahTaylor

    It should be interesting to see how Mayweather does in his first fight with Showtime. That's why Mayweather vs Guerrero will be such a big fight. There is already alot of promotion for this fight, just look at all the videos at http://mayweather-guerrero.org to see, their clearing pushing this fight hard.

    PaulMcCann
    PaulMcCann

    Bad move by HBO. They're throwing their lot in with that old snake Bob Arum and Top Rank, bad, stupid move.

    L7
    L7

    If Golden Boy had the Game of Thrones in its stable, then I'd be hurt.

    Wisconsin Death Trip
    Wisconsin Death Trip

    “In order to achieve our goal of the best fighters in the most compelling matchups we’ve decided to focus our efforts and resources on those strategic relationships where we better share common goals and business philosophies,”

     

    What an absolutely ignorant statement!

    Marsh the Great
    Marsh the Great

     @FreddieFunStuff for something that's "dead" it sure seems to still make a lot of money and get more than a fair share of views each week

     

    I mean, I doubt there'd be such acrimony as in the article if the product being sold (i.e. boxing) wasn't a commodity

    kyyled55
    kyyled55

     @FreddieFunStuff How long has boxing been dead? Discuss.

    I'll give you a jumping off point:

    Boxing was dead when 40-something George Foreman beat Moorer for the title in the mid-90s.

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