American boxing fans can breath a sigh of relief as ESPN Classic will air the Heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev on June 20th. According to manager Shelly Finkel the fight will be telecast live in the States which means it will hit out airwaves about 1pm PST. This is a fight that is not to be missed…and thanks to ESPN, you don’t have to.
I have to wonder why Mr. Spoon Fed himself over at ESPN did not know that his own network was going to broadcast the fight? Maybe it was because he had his nose so firmly planted in HBO’s(and/or Golden Boy’s) backside the only thing visible to him was the monkeys butt cheeks. Dude has no excuse shilling for other promoters and networks while his own network just picked up broadcast rights on a huge Heavyweight title fight. How did that get by him?
And can we please stop trying to give HBO a pass on their horrible maneuver on dropping the Klitschko fight and using budget as an excuse? They would have plenty of cash if they didn’t drop every nickel they posses on Floyd vs. Marquez. Between the fighters purses and the 24/7 they have to produce, HBO has made one of the biggest financial mistakes of the year and now they want us to believe that dropping the Klitschko fight just made good financial sense…..PLEASE!
Speaking of Floyd vs. Marquez, one of our readers gave us this update:
Just an update! There are still tickets available for this fight. You can still get 10 tickets for the least expensive available seats ($300). If the rumor of PBF getting $15 mil for this fight is true, then somebody is going to get screwed. This fight might not draw enough to cover $15 mil.
Yes, and you still can get blocks of 10 in the high priced $1,000 seats as well…blocks and blocks! And if ticket sales is indicative of the PPV buys,(which they oft times are),then yes somebody is gonna get screwed.
So HBO has 15 mil to waste on Floyd but they cant keep a fight they already had budgeted for. Who is running that circus over there?
Finally, the irrepressible WBA decided to yank Chagaev’s belt and name Nicolay Valuev as there lone Champion. Excuse me if I am mistaken but isn’t that the same belt that Lennox Lewis tossed in the rubbish bin years ago because they wanted Lewis to fight their guy John Ruiz?