HBO's Peter Nelson: We Have All-Action Fights on This Network

A few days ago, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum trashed the current lineup of boxing content being presented on HBO - and he especially took aim at the head of HBO Sports, Peter Nelson.

Arum's fire has been triggered by HBO's decision to counter-program his upcoming event on December 9th in New York City - which features an ESPN televised dream fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

On that same night, in Las Vegas, HBO will present a televised tripleheader with Mexican warrior Orlando Salido battling countryman Miguel Roman in the main event. 


One of the cards Arum trashed is Saturday's tripleheader on HBO, which is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Vyachelsav Shabranskyy - with the vacant WBO title at stake.

Earlier this year, Arum's company parted ways with HBO and signed an exclusive multi-year deal with ESPN.

Nelson believes the card will be a homerun, and says every fighter on the televised - and the involved promoters - deserve to be showcased on the network.

"We have all-action fights on HBO," Nelson said.

"It is important to work with people who want to put the fights together that the fighters want. They have to be willing to work with anybody, anywhere and the fighters we want on the network are the ones who want to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere.

"As I can attest with all these fighters [on the card], I have never had that problem with any of them. They have never turned down a fight. Those are the kind of fighters people want to watch. Those are the kind of fighters that make the fights people want to see. And those are the kind of fights that lead to bigger and better things for each of the fighters involved."

Nelson also praised Kathy Duva of Main Events for working with several promoters to put this card together.

"We always know we can rely on Main Events to, not only deliver us a great show, but also on the undercard, off HBO, Kathy is giving us a glimpse into the future," Nelson said.

"The light heavyweight division, as Kathy said, is a stacked division. Two great fights there. Maybe we see the winners meet up down the road. We see some others fighters who are in great position to try and take dominance over an open division right now and have a world title fight like Sergey vs. Shabranskyy."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 11-26-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;18243450]Well thats 1 fight from Showtime vs 4 from HBO. They are all OK, not great fights.[/QUOTE] Tru! And I cant believ I was trying to make an argument Peterson is really any good...

Comment by boxingitis on 11-26-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18242196]I still think hes better than Lemuix and Saunders. Lemuix got folded by Ricky Rubio who SUKS compared to the machine. Lost to career 154 lber Alcine who was folded in 1 round by Angulo. Saunders got a GIFT decision…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 11-25-2017

Can't remember the last time HBO had an exciting, elite fight.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 11-25-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18242477]lol peterson vs spence is a tune up fight. peterson will get slaughtered. bjs vs lemuiex is actually a 50/50 fight between two fighters with very different styles.[/QUOTE] This is tru...

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 11-25-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18242230]Peterson 2 division champion. Saunders crappy WBO Champion amd holding belt hostage. Lemuix won a VACANT nelt and then lost ot his very next fight.[/QUOTE]lol peterson vs spence is a tune up fight. peterson will get slaughtered. bjs vs lemuiex…

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