HBO says Boxing's Fanbase is Still Strong, but Big Fights Need to Happen

September 21, 2016

Last week, the LA times published an article stating that boxing was close to dead.  Read OpeningRound’s coverage of that article here.

HBO Sports’ VP Peter Nelson decided to comment on that article, saying that they still have a lot of faith in the boxing programming, provided that the right fights are happening.  He says that despite the ratings that have dropped, boxing hasn’t been losing fans:

“That might speak to the quality of fights being offered these days, but that doesn’t mean the fans have evaporated,” Nelson said. “They’re there, waiting for the quality fights to be made, waiting for the fighter’s representatives to step up and take the risks necessary to get the fans to show up and watch.”

Nelson says that in the future, HBO may continue to have less fights, as they have this year.  However, when big fights do happen they will put up the big bucks as they are committed to boxing and believe it is still very viable.

What do you think about the future of boxing?  Can the many different factions of the boxing world get it together and make big fights happen?  Or will we have to continue watching Alvarez Vs. Smith when we really want Alvarez Vs. Golovkin?  Let us know in the comments.

See the full LA Times story here.