HBO and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will not be working together for the foreseeable future. HBO made the decision on Monday meaning current big name draws Adrien Broner and Bernard Hopkins will not be seen on the highest rated boxing channel.
Broner, who is generally seen as the future face of the sport, is promoted by Golden Boy and advised by Al Haymon, but his contract with both reportedly expires in April. It is believed that high profile rapper turned boxing promoter Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has made an offer to Broner to join his company, SMS Promotions, when contracts with the aforementioned expire.
HBO Sports president Ken Hershman, who formerly ran the boxing program at main rival network Showtime, released a statement earlier today stating: "In order to achieve our goal of the best fighters in the most compelling match-ups, we’ve decided to focus our efforts and resources on those strategic relationships where we better share common goals and business philosophies."
Ironically it is former Golden Boy legal counsel Stephen Espinoza who replaced Hershman as Showtime’s boxing boss. Recently Floyd Mayweather Jr, Danny Garcia,Saul Alvarez and Amir Khan have all switched to Showtime.
March 18, 2013