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HBO to Throw in The Towel on Live Boxing Matches After 45 Years

  • The Wrap
After 45 years, HBO said on Thursday that the network will no longer feature live boxing matches starting in 2019.

“Going forward in 2019, we will be pivoting away from programming live boxing on HBO,” the network said in a programming statement. “As always, we will remain open to looking at events that fit our programming mix. This could include boxing, just not for the foreseeable future.”

The pay-cable network currently has no more fights scheduled past the Oct. 27 Madison Square Garden middleweight title fight between Danny Jacobs and Sergey Derevianchenko. An HBO rep says its unclear if the network will have any matches in November or December.

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HBO Boxing production staff, which included play-by-play announcer Jim Lampley, analyst Max Kellerman, ringside scorer Harold Lederman and former boxing champions Andre Ward and Roy Jones Jr., who worked as freelance commentators, were
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