Golden Boy Promotions kicks off its 2018 boxing year on Saturday with a doubleheader on HBO. The show will open with WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares defending his belt against Mercito Gesta. The main event features Lucas Matthysse against Tewa Kiram.
Gomez spoke to Yahoo Sports about the card and many other issues in boxing. Here is a recap of what we discussed:
At 0:50, Gomez talks about the number of shows Golden Boy expects to do on HBO in 2018. With Top Rank in an exclusive deal with ESPN, Golden Boy will be the primary supplier of talent to HBO.
At 2:12, Gomez discusses the state of boxing on television and explains how the various TV deals will impact the fights that are made.
At 3:57, Gomez talks about his willingness to put his fighters on other networks in order to make the best bouts.
At 5:56, he says that if Top Rank’s Bob Arum is open to a fight between Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko, he’s in favor of it, too.
At 7:33, Gomez gives his opinion on the health of boxing and how well the sport did in 2017.
At 11:12, Gomez explains whether it is possible that Canelo Alvarez will fight on HBO and not on pay-per-view.
At 12:46, Gomez gives an update on talks to make a Canelo-Gennady Golovkin rematch.
At 14:00, he talks about the controversy of the scoring in the first Canelo-GGG fight and says he felt Canelo won.
At 16:20, he talks about potential sites for the rematch, if it is made.
At 17:24, he discusses the main event Saturday between Matthysse and Kiram. Kiram is fighting for the first time out of Thailand and Gomez previews his style.
At 21:55, Gomez talks about Jorge Linares’ career and how underrated he’s been.
At 24:50, Gomez talks about the 2015 settlement with Haymon Boxing that cost his company a number of top fighters. He discusses his efforts to rebuild the roster.
At 26:45, Gomez reveals the fighter he believes to be the best heavyweight in the world.