Golden Boy Prez: We'll Do Fights With Top Rank - No TV Hard Lines

As boxing enters 2018 - the landscape has completely changed.

Top Rank and their stable of fighters are tied to ESPN, while Golden Boy Promotions and their roster is tied to HBO and ESPN2, and Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions is united with Showtime and FOX.

In the past, it was usually a case of whether or not a fight would take place on HBO or Showtime - but now it's a situation where a fight can take place on three potential platforms with ESPN in the mix.


Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has no problem doing business with Top Rank - but he cautions that any fight being negotiated should go to the network putting up the most money.

He indicates that Top Rank would make it problematic if they took a hard line where a fight being negotiated would have to be televised on ESPN - regardless of the fact if another network was willing to put up more money.

"For Top Rank, I'm happy for them. It's been going pretty good, I guess. I think in boxing you have to make the best fights and sometimes the best fighters are not in your stable," Gomez told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

"I think we had a lot of success last year because we took some risks. We did fights with other promoters and that's what its all about. You're going to win some and you're going to lose some - but at the end of the day the fans win.

"If Top Rank wants to do fights with us, and they are wiling to go to the highest bidder - then that's good, that's good for boxing. But if they want to do fights with us, but they put in conditions that it has to be on ESPN - that could potentially be a problem.

"I think that a lot of success that we had last year is because we worked with everybody. We worked with PBC to do the Chavez and Canelo fight and it was very successful. As far as Golden Boy Promotions is concerned, our philosophy is that we want to make the best fights and work with everybody.

"We want to give our fighters the best opportunities. Its not about networks, but if HBO is willing to pay more - then why wouldn't we explore HBO. And if ESPN is willing to pay more, I know [network executive] Peter Nelson at HBO understands that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by livershot73 on 01-23-2018

"I think we had a lot of success last year because we took some risks. We did fights with other promoters and that's what its all about. You're going to win some and you're going to lose some - [B]but…

Comment by BigStomps on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18429348]Does HBO still even do boxing??? Outside of PPV their cards have suked balls. I think right now would be a PERFECT time to make a KILLING on ESPN. Put it on Saturday night primetime 7-8ish main event about 9ish…

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18430381]"Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has no problem doing*business with Top Rank - but he*cautions that*any fight being*negotiated should go to the network putting up the most money. He indicates that [B]Top Rank would make it*problematic [/B]if they took…

Comment by BigStomps on 01-23-2018

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Comment by jjsmyth87 on 01-23-2018

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