Al Haymon Hits NBC / Spike TV

By Robert Ecksel on January 22, 2015
Al Haymon Hits NBC / Spike TV
Haymon Boxing agreed to pay NBC no less than $20 million a year to purchase airtime.

After being in a rut for what seems like forever, boxing, “the red light district of sports,” may be making its move…

The mysterious Al Haymon, manager to the stars, continues to make waves.

Haymon Boxing recently cut a deal with NBC, agreeing to pay the network no less than $20 million a year to purchase airtime for a new boxing series called “Premier Boxing Champions.” It starts off with a bang on March 7 when Keith Thurman meets Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner (29-1) gets it on with John Molina (27-5) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As mouthwatering as that doubleheader sounds, it may be trumped by the fight on April 11 between Danny Garcia (29-0) and Lamont Peterson (33-2-1).

It has also been reported that Haymon Boxing has an agreement to begin offering fights on Spike TV. The first card will be on March 13 and features Andre Berto (29-3) vs. Josesito Lopez (33-6) and Shawn Porter (24-1-1) vs. Roberto Garcia (36-3).

Not to be outdone, Oscar De La Hoya, head of Golden Boy Promotions, is about to christen De La Hoya TV, his own cable television channel.

“De La Hoya TV will be the premiere authority on boxing and other combat sports,” he said, “providing fans with a behind-the-scenes look into the world and lifestyles of their favorite athletes. The network aims to inspire all to live the life of a champion, delivering exceptional insight into the athletes and featuring entertainment, global destinations, news and more.”

After being in a rut for what seems like forever, boxing, the so-called “red light district of sports,” may be making its move.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:23pm, 01/23/2015

    I’ve got Molina over Broner by KO…and I mean I’m betting KO…...so please jack up them odds for Broner….please!

  2. Eric 10:06am, 01/22/2015

    Really hoping that Al Haymon will be successful in bringing big fights to good ole network television AGAIN. Haven’t seen big fights on network television since the 80’s. Let’s hope Al Haymon isn’t Harold Smith aka Ross Fields part deux. De La Hoya TV? Screw that garter belt wearing cross-dresser. Another premium channel to shell out extra bucks for? Put boxing back on regular network television. Bring back those days of Saturday & Sunday afternoon matchups that a lot of us grew up watching on Wide World Of Sports, Sports Spectacular, and Sportsworld. I guarantee boxing will make a comeback if we are treated to fights like Foreman-Lyle, Franklin aka Saad-Marvin Johnson II or any of Saad’s fights which were on the networks.

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