Canelo To Explore Options After HBO Deal Ends

Days away from the biggest fight of his career and what many consider to be the biggest fight of 2018, Canelo Alvarez is looking at a life after HBO.

The Mexican superstar’s fight against Gennady Golovkin is to be the final fight of his current deal with HBO, and per his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, he may walk to a new broadcast outlet.

“It makes me wonder if HBO even wants to be in boxing,” De La Hoya told the Los Angeles Times regarding a lack of a deal before fight night.

With Alvarez slated to fight in December at Madison Square Garden, Showtime, ESPN, DAZN, and now FOX paying millions in rights fees to fighters and promoters, De La Hoya is interested to see what HBO brings to the table.

“Given the circumstances that boxing is in line at this moment, with ESPN, DAZN and the fact that Fox television has paid millions and Showtime’s doing many things, it’s going to be very interesting for us and Canelo to see what HBO can do to keep him,” De La Hoya said.

“HBO’s been my family since I started boxing and it has been my family up until today. I’ve always given HBO the first and last opportunity, but this is a business and I must do what’s best for my fighters. I want to do what’s best for Canelo’s career, and right now particularly, boxing is big business on television, with more than 200 fights on a year.”

De La Hoya said he is moving fast following fight night to ensure his fighter gets the best deal.

“I’m going to carefully analyze everything and right after the final bell Saturday, I’m moving forward with this decision to explore what’s in Canelo’s best interest.”

 

Initial Report: Los Angeles Times

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