HBO Sports President Ken Hershman: “We’re not chasing anyone, we want to make the best fights”
Sep 24 2014 12:51 AM
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“Everyone at HBO is excited to welcome back Canelo Álvarez to the HBO family, and we can’t wait to re-introduce him to our subscribers,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “At only 24-years-old, Canelo has already established himself as one of the boxing world’s brightest stars, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we embark on this new chapter together. We are delighted to partner with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions in presenting Canelo‘s fights and events on our various platforms.”

The award-winning network has a 40-year history of presenting the best fights on television. Canelo has previously fought seven times on HBO platforms in his pro career; three times on the HBO Boxing After Dark series in 2011 against Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, and four on the HBO Pay-Per-View platform versus Jose Miguel Cotto (2010), Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (2010), Alfonso Gomez (2011) and Sugar Shane Mosley (2012).

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oubobcat says:When Mayweather left for Showtime last February, many were predicting an early demise for Hershman.

Hershman though had a plan and has been slowly executing it. He decided with HBO’s budget he didn’t need to deal with certain people and eventually things would work themselves out. Others needed HBO more than HBO needed them. He was patient and a lot of us wondered what was going on. But the chips are starting to fall and landscape beginning to change.

I do wish he’d do some things differently like showcase the smaller weight classes more and televise the undercard bouts on one of the many HBO networks that are available. And maybe more change is coming. But slowly the pendulum is shifting back towards HBO…now what will be Showtime’s counter?

deepwater2 says:Showtime is stuck with Espinoza and his boss tsAH for the time being. Hey at least that opens the doors for guys like Salka and Santana to get blown out of there and get a few thousand dollars. Just kidding. Mayweather will be retired once again and boxing will open back up. Canelo will fight on non PPV a few times to help bring fans in. Hopkins ditched Showtime when he caught them playing games. Kovalev ,GGG, Loma are with HBO . I think HBO would put Rigo back on there against the right opponent if he keeps looking good.the future is bright.

Showtime’s only hope is to stage some competitive boxing matches. Great boxing is a great product that needs no incentive to sell. The super 6 was a good thing. Maybe more of that. Putting on non competitive garbage will sink their ship

HBO will be just fine. They are committed to making great fights.

oubobcat says:[QUOTE=deepwater2;65328]Showtime is stuck with Espinoza and his boss tsAH for the time being. Hey at least that opens the doors for guys like Salka and Santana to get blown out of there and get a few thousand dollars. Just kidding. Mayweather will be retired once again and boxing will open back up. Canelo will fight on non PPV a few times to help bring fans in. Hopkins ditched Showtime when he caught them playing games. Kovalev ,GGG, Loma are with HBO . I think HBO would put Rigo back on there against the right opponent if he keeps looking good.the future is bright.

Showtime’s only hope is to stage some competitive boxing matches. Great boxing is a great product that needs no incentive to sell. The super 6 was a good thing. Maybe more of that. Putting on non competitive garbage will sink their ship

HBO will be just fine. They are committed to making great fights.[/QUOTE]

If there is ever a time for Espinoza to demand better fights from Haymon, this is it. His back is to the wall and he needs to do something dramatic. And under no circumstances can he sell us such main events as Garcia-Salka anymore. He lucked out on a few fights this year that turned out better than expected (Matthysse-Molina, Guerrero-Kamegai, Broner-Taylor) but those kind of matchups are not the kind of fights the public wants to see on a consistent basis either.

Showtime has Stevenson and must really put the full court press on for a Pascal fight. Fans are not clamoring to see Stevenson-Campillo and if that’s the direction Showtime goes will be a major PR blunder. They also need to forget anymore showcase fights with Garcia, Peterson, Broner, Matthysse, Guerrero, etc. Its time for bigger fights amongst these fighters and that will include matching some against one another.

Espinoza too could delve into the lower weight classes and make good fights cheap. Boxing fans want to see these fights and it would be a major overall life. He can even put them on the ShoBox series.

Espinoza can counter…the question is will he let the punches go and take a risk that could reap into a major reward. Or he coud go into a more comfortable defensive shell and slowly continue to lose the fight.

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