• How HBO lost Adonis Stevenson to Showtime

    Kevin Iole at Boxing24 days ago

    As fingers point in multiple directions in the fallout over the mess that saw Adonis Stevenson wind up on Showtime for his next fight rather than HBO, one salient point is being overlooked:

    None of this would be an issue if HBO had done its job last year and made certain not to televise an otherwise meaningless doubleheader featuring Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev without first having an agreement in place for them to meet on HBO in their next fight.

    But HBO failed to lock the fighters up when it had the opportunity. That failure has directly led to the disastrous situation that boxing once again finds itself in, where everyone involved is blaming someone else, where the fight fans want to see can't be made because of politics and where blame for the lack of a deal abounds.

    This much is not in dispute: On Jan. 23, Kovalev promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events and Stevenson promoter Yvon Michel of GYM agreed via email to the terms and the revenue splits between them.

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  • HBO declines to renegotiate, so Showtime makes deal with Adonis Stevenson for May 24 bout

    Kevin Iole at Boxing25 days ago

    Only hours after sources at HBO confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that the premium cable network opted not to renegotiate its deal with WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, rival Showtime announced it had reached a deal for the power-punching Stevenson to fight Andrzej Fonfaraon May 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    Showtime Sports' executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said the deal is for the Fonfara fight, but added, "There is a structure which allows us to continue for multiple fights beyond that."

    Showtime has IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins facing WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 in Washington, D.C. If Hopkins beats Shumenov in that bout, Showtime would likely then pit him with Stevenson. Hopkins told Yahoo Sports last year he had great interest in facing Stevenson.

    "Both Adonis and Bernard have business they need to take care of, but, yes, that is a fight we would be interested in doing," Espinoza said.

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