HBO Is Interested In Klitschko vs. Povetkin

According to a recent report, it looks as though HBO might be interested in Klitschko vs. Povetkin, which means that the fight will produce much better numbers in terms of viewers and of course profits.

As far as we know, the fight is likely to take place in Moscow, but with the involvement of HBO, could this change? Would HBO try to persuade both teams to hold the world championship somewhere in the United States? Possibly Las Vegas?

I think that team Klitschko would have a much smaller issue with this than team Povetkin would, as they have always said that they want Povetkin to fight his biggest fight in Russia.


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Hatton vs. Senchenko on Showtime or Guerrero vs. Berto on HBO: Which One Are You Watching?

This coming Saturday we are in for two interesting fights, one via HBO and the other will be shown on Showtime.
Showtime: Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko.
There has been a lot of talk regarding this fight, and it does have its degree of significance due to the potential future that it can deliver. Ricky Hatton, by far the most loved fighter in Britain in recent history, and as many boxing fans say “the pride of the British people,” is coming back to try and make his way back tot he top. Hatton is a tremendous fighter with an aggressive exciting style, as well as a fun personality in and out of he ring. He is good for boxing, and could have done a lot more if only he had avoided Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Two of his biggest losses came in a very aggressive fashion, and being knocked out in such a way can certainly do extensive damage to one’s self esteem and physiological state of mind. While some are afraid that Hatton’s time-off will show itself come fight-night and possibly force him to go into retirement for good, others believe that his current healthy mental state will allow Hatton to be in top shape and perform the way he used to back in the day before his losses. I think that if this is what put’s Ricky’s mind at peace, than this is exactly what he should do. It is never healthy to live with a ‘what if’ in the back of your head, thus feeling and obliging to your mind is crucial to overall contention. If Ricky is able to decisively beat Senchenko, I would imagine Malignaggi would be next. And if he can get past Paulie, well then who known how far he can go.
HBO: Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto.
Talk about time off, here we have another fighter that had to leave the sport of boxing for a long time, and then successively came back to beat Selcuk Aydin: Robert Guerrero  This is an intriguing fight because Guerrero wants to prove that he is a true force in the welterweight division in hopes of possibly securing a fight against the top champions, while Berto needs to steer his name away form all the PED use conversations and get back into fighting for championship belts, and the only way either man can achieve this is by winning the fight in an explosive hard-to-believe fashion; a brutal knockout would do just fine. Guerrero has always been a good guy, and his heart is unquestioned in the ring. He has always put on good performances, but is his body ready to go to war? Berto has spent some time on top as well, but the loss of his perfect record could have done harm to his confidence. At the same time that loss could have added some fuel to the flame, as he knows what it’s like to be on top, and probably wants to get back there as soon as possible.
Both are great fights in their own way, and both have significance in the port of boxing and it’s future. The question is: which fight will you be watching?


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The Business of Boxing

Ten Realities of the Business of Boxing

  1. Styles may make fights but embedded & gripping story-lines; universal themes & the emotional responsiveness of the sport’s fan-base to a fighter &/or/especially the combination of two combatants sell fights.
  2. Boxing’s consumers are highly emotional beings almost by definition – having  a strong emotional (affinity or aversion) to a combatant adds to the sell-ability of a fight. If you can’t make yourself adored by the wider boxing community you are better off loathed than eliciting no response at all. Making himself memorable was the making of a Mayweather – talent got him to the stage; an abrasive & highly divisive personality got him the Oscar.
  3. It’s Not TV. It’s HBO.” At the upper tiers of world boxing there are only two significant players – HBO & Showtime. As serious corporate entities they prefer betting on sure things – it is thus far more prudent to toil away in increasingly exciting under-card fights (whilst building your following) for slightly too long than not quite long enough.
  4. If you can’t be the best – be the best from your country. If possible try to be born in a nation where boxers are viewed as folk-heroes of the public’s imagination. Ricky HattonDavid Haye*; Danny Green are all examples of fighters whose marketing muscle outweighed their fighting ones.
  5. The competitive landscape of sports entertainment is more congested now than at any stage in modern history. Adherence to these core realities will be required in higher & higher levels as other forms of sports & popular culture entertainment vie for a lofty perch in the attention economy of the internet age.
  6. Nostalgia has a very special & very real value in this sport – nostalgia for fighters that are throwbacks to an earlier era (think Arturo Gatti) are at a premium. The same applies to a longing for the hand speed of a Ray Leonard or the ferocity of a Mike Tyson.
  7. Fight fans spend the majority of their time talking about, reading about & debating fighters who are tangible personas – if the fighter has a buoyant & engaging personality – confrontational or otherwise – sell-ability increases. At its absolute peak of public prominence in the late 60’s & early 1970’s the heavyweight division was a microcosm of societal inclinations & consciousness – not an athletic event taking place in a vacuum.
  8. Consumers of boxing as a product have the memories of elephants & the forgiving nature of an ex-wife owed last month’s alimony payment. Quit once & you are – to many of them – forever a quitter. Make pathetic excuses concerning your big toe* for a shambolic performance & you get the idea…
  9. There are fewer opportunities to undo & re-calibrate a fighters persona than in other sports & areas of public life. Very few boxers drop out of prize fighting’s top tier & are ever given a re-entry visa.
  10. There is a continual lineal championship of attention & bank-ability being contested at all times. Fighters who bring something novel & unmistakably special to the table tend to flourish. The affinity, yearning & hunger of the sports fan-base can be immense; but is a reality that is toyed with & exploited at the peril of the parties concerned – the passion for the sport is frenzied but sane.
Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!
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