Golden Boy Would Negotiate Co-Branded Fight With Top Rank
Even though they are on rival networks, Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has no problem co-promoting with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Yet, Gomez who deals with HBO exclusively, would caution that any fight being negotiated should go to the network putting up the most money between HBO and Top Rank’s partner, ESPN.
He indicates that Top Rank would make it problematic if they took a hard line where a fight being negotiated would have to be televised on ESPN – regardless of the fact if another network was willing to put up more money.
“For Top Rank, I’m happy for them. It’s been going pretty good, I guess. I think in boxing you have to make the best fights and sometimes the best fighters are not in your stable,” Gomez told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
“I think we had a lot of success last year because we took some risks. We did fights with other promoters and that’s what its all about. You’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some – but at the end of the day the fans win.”
“If Top Rank wants to do fights with us, and they are wiling to go to the highest bidder – then that’s good, that’s good for boxing. But if they want to do fights with us, but they put in conditions that it has to be on ESPN – that could potentially be a problem.”
“I think that a lot of success that we had last year is because we worked with everybody. We worked with PBC to do the Chavez and Canelo fight and it was very successful. As far as Golden Boy Promotions is concerned, our philosophy is that we want to make the best fights and work with everybody.”
“We want to give our fighters the best opportunities. Its not about networks, but if HBO is willing to pay more – then why wouldn’t we explore HBO. And if ESPN is willing to pay more, I know [network executive] Peter Nelson at HBO understands that.”