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HBO to no longer televise boxing

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HBO, WIDELY recognised as the home of boxing for televising major fights such as Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao, has said they will cease to showcase the sport live from next year.

On their decision to drop boxing, a statement read: “Our mission at HBO Sports is to elevate the brand. We look for projects that are high-profile, high-access, and highly ambitious in the stories they seek to tell and the quality of production in telling them.

“Boxing has been part of our heritage for decades. During that time, the sport has undergone a transformation. It is now widely available on a host of networks and streaming services.

"There is more boxing than ever being televised and distributed. In some cases, this programming is very good. But from an entertainment point of view, it’s not unique.

“Going forward in 2019, we will be pivoting away from programming live boxing on HBO. 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.”

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