Text by Edward Chaykovsky, Interview by Chris Robinson
Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. wants the "cold war" in boxing to come to an end. The two biggest promoters in boxing, Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, have not co-promoted any events together in several years. Top Rank is exclusively aligned with HBO, while Golden Boy is fully on board with network rival Showtime. Because of the promotional and network rivalries, several potential fights are being blocked off from taking place.
"It's bad for boxing because a lot of fighters don't get to fight the fighters they really want to fight. There are a lot of good fights that we won't see happen because one fighter is on one side and the other fighter is on the other, and they don't mesh. If you have one 126-pound guy and another 126-pound guy...like Abner Mares, for example. You want to see Abner Mares fight Rigondeaux, but that will never happen because Arum has Rigondeaux and Golden Boy has Abner Mares. There are a lot of really good fights that will never happen because of this situation," Jones said.