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Hopkins Hopes HBO/Golden Boy Rebuild Past Relationship

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Back on March 9th of 2013, Bernard Hopkins became the last fighter promoted by Golden Boy Promotions to appear in action on HBO.

Not too long after that, the network made a company decision to cut their business ties with Golden Boy. HBO had become frustrated with former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and influential adviser Al Haymon, who manages/advises the majority of Golden Boy's stable.

According to sources in the company, HBO was tired of building up Golden Boy fighters who were then jumping over, one by one, to rival network Showtime.

After Schaefer parted ways with Golden Boy in June, most saw his departure as the first step to a possible renewed relationship between Golden Boy and HBO.

On November 8th, Hopkins becomes the first Golden Boy fighter to return to HBO, when he faces WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in a highly anticipated unification.

Besides being one of their star fighters, Hopkins is also a partner and has an ownership stake in Golden Boy. He hopes the fight with Kovalev will jump start the rebuilding process of the once strong relationship between Golden Boy and HBO.

"How surreal and what better person to be in a situation to be [in] as the last fighter who was on HBO, promoted by Golden Boy, and now that we're dating again, and hopefully it becomes a full blown relationship and then marriage and then kids. Who would could ever script this," Hopkins said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by djt117 on 08-05-2014

[QUOTE=dc3383;14826708]You really think they are going to be able prove that lol; that might have had a case but theose same fighters are still fighting on GBP cards without being signed long term. So why would judge find Schaefer liable…

Comment by dc3383 on 08-05-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14826821]It all depends how the money was channelled and whether Schaefer was acting the requisite of standard of care during his time with the company (the standard is high for a person in his position of trust and confidence).…

Comment by Bardock on 08-05-2014

[QUOTE=Inkanyamba;14825400]Not liking this idea. It was HBO who completely shut down all Al Haymon fighters from their network. That's the tall tale sign of a bigot running the network/company.[/QUOTE] LMAO dude how long are you going to last on NSB?…

Comment by Weebler I on 08-05-2014

[QUOTE=dc3383;14826785]Haymon is payed to be there advisor ofcourse he's getting paid and at a rate lower than a promoters fee. Other than Mayweather none of his clients get huge purses. If Oscar would have came out and said no Haymon…

Comment by dc3383 on 08-05-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14826735]I think part about the money going to Haymon could easily be proved if it's true. Schaefer could incur personal (financial) liability given his fiduciary duties. All speculation at this point however.[/QUOTE] Haymon is payed to be there advisor…

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