Photos: Braekhus, Shields, Estrada Get Wins on Final HBO Card

Cecilia Braekhus defended her welterweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes on Saturday night in the final fight of the last HBO boxing telecast. (photos by Ed Mulholland/HBO & Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos).

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In the televised co-feature, former world champion Juan Francisco Estrada broke down and stopped Victor Mendez in seven rounds.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields also defended her middleweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Belgium’s Femke Hermans, winning every round on every scorecard to improve to 8-0 in her two-year pro career.

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A small, chilly crowd at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles witnessed the final show in the 45-year history of HBO’s boxing coverage. The premium cable network has been a driving financial force behind the sport for decades, but its management has decided to bow out of the game amid stiff competition from Showtime, ESPN and new streaming service DAZN.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Someone88 on 12-21-2018

Sad to see HBO Boxing finish, respect to all those involved. Good luck to them!

Comment by allenfred on 12-11-2018

Shields is disgusting to watch and has zero fan base. Waste of time to let Shields box on TV or cable. Shields belongs fighting in the ghetto only as no one cares to watch Claressa Shields do anything but look…

Comment by SinderellaMan on 12-09-2018

It's crazy to think that boxing on HBO is really gone. It's one of those things that I never imagined happening. No more Lampley. No more Jones & Hopkins. No more Larry Merchant & Max. I hope that in a…

Comment by HeadBodyBodyBody on 12-09-2018

noticed that Rochin was judging the Braekhus fight, was anybody from the forum at the event, wonder what kind of reception he got

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 12-09-2018

I cried in the final farewell. I am going to miss HBO. Jim Lamprey cried, I was 100% sure that Jim Lamprey was going to cry.:sad2:

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