HBO K.O’s Boxing out of its line-up

Seattle, WA-HBO has decided to part ways with boxing at the end of the year. Many fans were shocked about the changeup and they wanted answers on why Boxing was getting cut from HBO. Peter Nelson, who is the Vice President of HBO Sports issued a statement earlier today. “This is not a subjective decision. Our audience research informs us that boxing is no longer a determinant factor for subscribing to HBO.”

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“Our mission at HBO Sports is to elevate the brand. We look for television projects that are high-profile, high-access, and highly ambitious in the stories they seek to tell and the quality of production in telling them,” HBO Sports said in a statement. “Boxing has been part of our heritage for decades. During that time, the sport has undergone a transformation. It is now widely available on a host of networks and streaming services. There is more boxing than ever being televised and distributed. In some cases, this programming is very good. But from an entertainment point of view, it’s not unique.”

HBO brought a lot of fighters into the spotlight with their audience, as well as a bigger platform for fighters to get exposure. HBO built a committed relationship with boxing for 45 years and now the time has come to end a remarkable journey.
Boxing After Dark or Championship fighters such as Roy Jones JR., Oscar de la Hoya, and many others that electrified ratings, as well as brought together families to watch these fights. This is not the end of Boxing on a premier network. Many fights will be streamed or shown on Showtime or ESPN networks. As the curtains close and Boxing exits the door, just glance back at some of the biggest moments in HBO boxing and just embraced the magic that HBO let the world see.

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