HBO & ESPN Agree Boxing Partnership

By Community | September 12, 2012

HBO and ESPN said they are getting in the ring together to create a program to boost boxing.

As part of the agreement, the two networks will coordinate on promotional support for pay-per-view boxing events, starting with the Sept. 15 bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas.

As part of the agreement, ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ programs including SportsCenter will have access to key content and information surrounding marquee HBO Pay-Per-View boxing events, including fighter interviews. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will also televise the HBO series 24/7 leading up to HBO Pay-Per-View fights.

ESPN subscribers will also be able to watch live fighter weigh-ins and pre- and post-fight press conferences for HBO pay per view events via ESPN3, WatchESPN and ESPN on Xbox Live.

“There is a very deep commitment at HBO to grow the sport of boxing and broaden the exposure for the top fighters and events,” Mark Taffet, senior vice president of sports operations and pay-per-view at HBO, said in a statement. “This collaboration with ESPN will benefit fight fans that already love the sport, will attract many more sports fans to connect with boxing, and will greatly enhance the visibility of the fighters that are featured in HBO Pay-Per-View events.”

“This agreement is a testament to ESPN and HBO’s leadership in the sports media industry,” noted Marie Donoghue, senior vice president of global business strategy and development at ESPN. “ESPN continues to provide sports fans with greater access to events across various platforms and this agreement further extends our commitment to serve the fan.”