HBO has ended their relationship with Golden Boy Promotions which is a company that has some of the biggest names in boxing under its care. That means some of the top names in the sport will not see bouts on HBO in the future.
That means fighters such as light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins, lightweight titleholder and rising superstar Adrien Broner, former welterweight titlist Andre Berto, top welterweight prospect Keith Thurman and heavyweight hopeful Seth Mitchell will no longer have their bouts televised at HBO. That may hurt their exposure and it may hurt the network. HBO has held its own as one of the premier locations for boxing both on the channel itself and in PPV (pay-per-view).
Rival premium channel Showtime has already taken many of the boxing stars and up-and-comers. That channel’s Sports director, Stephen Espinoza, was once closely affiliated with Golden Boy. Relations with HBO crumpled and HBO has since singed with the alternative promoting agency Top Rank. Fighters with Top Rank include Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley Jr., Nonito Donaire and Mikey Garcia.
This decision has proved surprising because of HBO’s prior relationship with the Prsident of Golden Boy Promotions – Oscar de la Hoya. That’s right the same de la Hoya who fought virtually his entire career on HBO and HBO PPV.
We will have to see how this decision affects the future of HBO Boxing.