HBO Officially Retired From The Boxing World After 45 Years And 1000+ Matches!
HBO decided to throw in the towel! Sad news for the boxing world! After 45 years more than 1000 awesome fights, it steps out from the boxing world.
The first HBO boxing fight happened between Joe Frazier and George Foreman back at January 22, 1973. George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier in this amazing match via second-round TKO. The match took place in Kingston, Jamaica. HBO lasted until 2018 and the showdown between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko on October 27th, 2018.
Boxing struggled to dominate the television market for a very long period of time. During the last century, it was one of the most popular sports. Many people were trying so hard to pay for television rights. Yet, the market changed a lot during the last few years. Broadcasting is everything but a “sweet science” anymore. The cable television network has started to pay more attention to The Game Of Thrones.
The executive vice president of HBO sports Peter Nelson said boxing isn’t a dominant factor for subscribing anymore. He also added that people should be aware that it is a storytelling platform. It is not a sports network. (via MMAMania.com)
“This is not a subjective decision,” Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports said. “Our audience research informs us that boxing is no longer a determinant factor for subscribing to HBO. Because of our association with boxing, people forget that we’re not a sports network. We’re a storytelling platform.”
The last gigantic boxing event happened when Gennady Golovkin fought Canelo Alvarez on September 15, 2018. Alvarez won the match via close majority decision. But now the towel is thrown. It won’t be the part of the boxing world anymore. What are your thoughts? Do you think Showtime Boxing can take things over?