Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is still very annoyed with the fallout of the lightweight bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and WBA world champion Jorge Linares.
Arum has an ESPN televised date of May 12, from New York's Madison Square Garden, penciled in for Lomachenko's debut at 135-pounds.
But going forward on that date creates a conflict for Golden Boy, because HBO is televising the replay of the Canelo-Golovkin rematch on the same date - likely paired with a live card. The Canelo-Golovkin pay-per-view, taking place on May 5, is Golden Boy's biggest show of the year.
Arum explains that he was under the impression that a deal was reached with Linares' main promoter, Teiken Promotions of Japan.
But, the veteran promoter claims the bout fell apart when HBO Sports head Peter Nelson spoke with Linares' co-promoter, Golden Boy, and convinced them to stay away from that date.
He says HBO has no issues when it comes to counter-programming his live content on ESPN, but won't allow Golden Boy to counter-program a pay-per-view replay.
"We made a deal with the main promoter of Linares, Teiken, to fight on May 12th which is a special date for us. And we're looking to do that fight on May 12th. It's the weekend of the BWAA [Boxing Writers Association of America] dinner in New York. It's a major major date, the Madison Square Garden is available and we booked it. We have tremendous lead-ins with the NBA playoffs," Arum stated during a Reddit chat.
"As far as HBO and [Golden Boy CEO] Oscar [De La Hoya] is concerned, remember last year we did a fight on November 11th and they put a fight on HBO against our fight. We did Loma and Rigo on December 9th, and HBO put a fight against us. Now suddenly they're taking the position that they can't put a fight against ESPN on May 12th? It just shows the deceitful nature of HBO and the people who run HBO Sports.
"I thought the fight was completely done before Peter Nelson convinced Golden Boy to start all this nonsense."