Bob Arum Reacts To HBO's Decision To Leave Boxing

By Steve Kim

So what are Bob Arum's thoughts on HBO's decision to no longer televise boxing after 45 years?

''I've been saying for awhile that the contribution that the premium networks, particularly HBO, made to the sport of boxing were tremendous," said Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, on Thursday morning as the news broke.

For years, Top Rank was the main content provider to the network with boxers that included the likes of Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao.

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Arum continued - "They came in, they used boxing to help build subscribers, particularly with the contract I signed with them with Hagler. But that had the negative effect of driving out the other networks because premium networks could spend more money because they got monthly fees from subscribers. But it became obvious as the premium networks grew that they had no need for boxing. That they weren't sports networks."

Top Rank in 2017 made the decision to take their content to ESPN, where they signed an exclusive deal that now runs till 2025. They believed HBO's main focus now was on such entities as 'Game of Thrones' and other original programming to compete with Netflix.

"They were entertainment networks or as (HBO Sports Vice President Peter) Nelson says, 'story telling networks' - and economically to use the money that they were spending for boxing made no sense when they could put it into developing pilots and documentaries that had much greater financial impact on the company," said Arum.

"But that being said, anybody who has been in boxing as long as I have, has to be grateful to HBO for the support that they gave the sport for so many years."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Curt Henning on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;19145896]I wrote HBO an email telling them I was cancelling due to them dropping HBO. They sent me a pretentious reply. They basically said that now HBO is above boxing and they see boxing as below HBO's new standards. A…

Comment by Boxing lives on 09-27-2018

HBO will be putting their boxing money into bisexual men fighting and getting their heads bashed in on game of thrones fight scenes and such.

Comment by jdp28tx on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=paulf;19145873]For all we know, Nelson was put in charge specifically to bring HBO's boxing content to an end and find a new direction for HBO Sports. It is what it is.[/QUOTE] Yeah a new direction on sports which includes a…

Comment by jdp28tx on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;19145182]there is a large number of pretentious tv watchers who would give rave reviews and praise if hbo produced a show about someone who likes to defecate in peoples work lunches....they'd say its so edgy and is more…

Comment by paulf on 09-27-2018

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;19144980]I have to agree with Arum on this. That as*hole Nelson looks like a real douchebag. He alone ruined HBO boxing and he seems to think that is a good thing. There is absolutely no reason to watch HBO anymore.…

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