Espinoza Hopes Joshua Fights Remain On Network
Even with Matchroom Boxing’s new deal with DAZN and his Twitter dust up with Eddie Hearn, Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza hopes to bid on the broadcast rights for future Anthony Joshua fights.
Speaking to Boxing Scene last weekend, Espinoza believes that following Joshua’s fight with Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd, Showtime may be in the game to bid on a potential fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
“Until he signs a multi-fight deal or indicates a decision to go somewhere else, then I think so,” Espinoza told BoxingScene.com about Showtime having a chance to broadcast future Joshua fights. “We made an aggressive bid on this fight, on the Povetkin fight, as did DAZN. And my understanding is there’s gonna be an opportunity to work with him again after the Povetkin fight and we’ll again bid aggressively for it. You know, he is an elite fighter, a special fighter, and we wanna get as much of that talent on Showtime as we can.”
“The factors that went into him signing over there [with DAZN], that’s his business and he’s not obligated to share it with the rest of us,” Espinoza said. “But the reality is we know what our network, what our platform provides. We know our ability to build stars. We know our ability to do record-breaking pay-per-views. And there’s no one else in the market that does what we do. And there’s no one in the market that’s doing what we do. So he’ll make his own decision. We’re very confident in the value that we provide and we’re hoping to work with him again in the near future.”
Report: Boxing Scene