Arum: Loma-Linares Fallout Proves Deceitful Nature of HBO!

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fists_of_Fury on 02-20-2018

Bob is selling his usual bull**** victim role lol. Beltran vs Lomachencko coming up... and was the real plan all along.

Comment by BigStomps on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;18504419]agreed bro. As long as they break me off I will be the middleman. I agree about the ego and I think the biggest problem is HBO. THey just dont want to see another one of their fighters leave[/QUOTE] Well…

Comment by killakali on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18498284]Okay I get what you're saying. And your absolutely correct. Everything you said makes sense. Maybe ESPN should hire you as the middle man so you can convince HBO and Golden Boy promotions to let Linares fight on ESPN.... Lol…

Comment by chubuk7 on 02-19-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;18497864]I might go to if its in Vegas. Not a bad drive from LA bro. My point is that to watch the replay on Saturday you don't have to watch it the second the replay airs since it isn't live…

Comment by BigStomps on 02-18-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;18497864]I might go to if its in Vegas. Not a bad drive from LA bro. My point is that to watch the replay on Saturday you don't have to watch it the second the replay airs since it isn't live…

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