HBO Offers Promotional Triple During Boxing's Drought
By Keith Idec
Saturday night was supposed to mark the end of HBO’s unofficial, five-week summer hiatus from televising live boxing.
Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin was scheduled to make his long-awaited American premium cable debut in a meaningful middleweight championship unification fight against Russia’s Dmitriy Pirog. That tantalizing showdown was scrapped in early July because Pirog suffered a back injury.
Polish southpaw Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) replaced Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) as the opponent for the hard-hitting Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) and their 12-round fight for Golovkin’s WBA middleweight title was shifted to Sept. 1 in Verona, N.Y. HBO will instead offer a different type of tripleheader late Saturday night.
It’ll begin at midnight EDT with the first episode of “24/7 Road To Ward-Dawson,” a half-hour documentary-style preview to promote the super middleweight title bout between WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) and undisputed 168-pound champ Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) on Sept. 8 in Oakland, Calif.
The Ward-Dawson special will be followed immediately by “2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.,” a 15-minute, behind-the-scenes look into the life and career of the son of Mexico’s most celebrated boxer. The 26-year-old Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) is just three weeks away from the biggest fight of his nine-year pro career, a 12-round WBC middleweight title fight against Argentina’s Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), who is 37 yet approximately a 2-1 favorite to win Sept. 15 in their HBO Pay-Per-View main event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Another 15-minute preview of Martinez versus Chavez, “Faceoff with Max Kellerman,” will premiere at 12:45 a.m. EDT., right after “2 Days: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.
This year had so much potential, but too many fights got cancelled. :doh:Comment by -Kev- on 08-25-2012
[QUOTE=Phenom;12450777]HBO had ****ty year as far as boxing what was the best Free HBO fight this year? Chavez vs Lee?[/QUOTE] To me it was Garcia vs Khan. Though I already forgot a lot of the fights. This year has been…Comment by Fetta on 08-25-2012
HBOGO been my friend this drought. 24/7 cotto margarito then fight, khan garcia, and 24/7 pac jmm then fight (yes still 8-4 jmm no question), angulo kirkland (the funnest). Only thing helpingComment by mex602 on 08-25-2012
Yeah ain't sit going on in boxing till the jc jr maravilla fightComment by bazookajoe on 08-24-2012
Keith's a good writer but he lost me on this one.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (14)