What started with Joe Frazier vs. George Foreman way back in 1973 will end with Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko in 2018, a span of 45 years and more than 1,000 fights, according to a report from NY Times.
HBO Boxing, sadly, is no more.
Probably because the viewership no longer supports the “sweet science,” as the cable television network begins to put most of its focus on original programming like Game of Thrones, a ratings monster that continues to clean up at the annual Emmy awards.
“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.”
Boxing can still outdraw mixed martial arts (MMA) at the pay-per-view (PPV) box office, but it’s struggled to maintain a generous pool of top-shelf talent to keep the sport atop the combat sports headlines.
Just ask this guy.
Anyway, consider it the end of an era, as HBO Boxing closes up shop. Can Showtime Boxing — sans Mayweather — be far behind?