Showtime's Espinoza Reacts To New Haymon NBC Series

By Steve Kim

So what was the reaction of Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, to the blockbuster announcement made earlier today at the New York City press conference for NBC's new boxing series (Premiere Boxing Champions) that features the voluminous stable of powerful manager/adviser Al Haymon?

Fights already announced include Robert Guerrero-Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner-John Molina for March 7th and Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson on April 11th.

Not too long ago, these fights would have been aired on Showtime.

In what was a response sent via email to, Espinoza stated on late Wednesday afternoon:

"It’s a positive for Showtime's future. We were consulted in advance regarding the fights to be scheduled on NBC, and we had the opportunity to retain those fights for Showtime, but we decided that the better long-term play – for the individual boxers, for the sport of boxing, and ultimately, for Showtime – was to allow the boxers to benefit from the mainstream exposure of network television. That exposure will only serve to elevate them further when they return to Showtime in the very near future," Espinoza stated in his email to BoxingScene. 
"Our goal is not to get one or two good fights on Showtime.  We want to elevate the boxers we’ve been building on Showtime – and simultaneously elevate the sport of boxing as a whole - to heights we have not seen for many, many years.  Part of doing that includes allowing boxers to appear on network television in order to expand their fan base and to attract new fans to the sport. If we can refresh and expand boxing’s fan base, then Showtime and every other network that televises boxing stands to reap the benefits."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by manoamano on 01-15-2015

This pathetic clown is trying to save his job. HBO is going to benefit from this and Showtime is going to loose a lot more money. Even if Haymon now all of sudden gives Showtime some stellar fights because this…

Comment by Hougigo on 01-15-2015

At this point it looks like they get the scraps As of now, after Jan 17, Showtime has a Feb 20 Shobox on their #boxing schedule and thats it— Steve Kim (@steveucnlive) January 15, 2015

Comment by baddog on 01-15-2015

Did al h. Use any vaseline while he explained how this was goin down stevie ????????????

Comment by Hougigo on 01-15-2015

So basically NBC for the intriguing fights, Showtime for the Salka tune-up fights. Do they have anything of note scheduled after Wilder/Stiverne?

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 01-15-2015

Is this guy trying to sound black? Nah...we both playing chess...with the same pieces. "@chris5041983: looks like u got wit ya pants dwn.playin checkers while Al playin chess— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) January 15, 2015

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