Prominent promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, appears to be hungry to collaborate with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) associated fighters. A recent social media appeal suggests as much, thrusting the Golden Boy founder back into the boxing news limelight.
Reaching Out for New Partnerships in Boxing
Explosively, on a Thursday morning, Oscar De La Hoya made a riveting appeal towards PBC-associated warriors via his official X (formerly Twitter) account. This bold call-to-action seemed directed at fighters who are associated with PBC, the management firm established by the dynamic and influential Al Haymon. This impressive stable of fighters boasts names such as Gervonta Davis, Deontay Wilder, Jermell Charlo, Errol Spence Jr., David Benavidez, Keith Thurman, and Danny Garcia.
“Here’s to PBC fighters with no promoter contract,” De La Hoya’s post read. “Get in touch with my headquarters and let’s create some thrilling battles in the ring.”
The Showtime Chapter Closes
The timing of De La Hoya’s appeal comes with a significant backdrop. PBC’s long-standing deal with Showtime is in its final rounds, set to reach a knockout by year-end. The catalyst for this chapter’s close is the announcement just a month ago that Paramount Global, the parent firm of Showtime, has opted to drop boxing from its programming lineup, folding the entire Showtime Sports department in doing so.
Undoubtedly, this course of events has thrown a sizeable punch for Showtime, an entity that proudly and efficiently supplied boxing content since 2013 and showcased the sports for some 37 awe-inspiring years. As the bell rings for its last fight before the year’s end, Showtime has two remaining PBC boxing cards on its roster. The recent lineup featured a super middleweight battle between David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade, and there’s also a highly anticipated match that features an as-yet-unannounced superstar against super middleweight, David Morrell Jr.
An Open Field for Exciting New Deals in Boxing World
While Showtime’s exit from the boxing ring has raised eyebrows, it has also piqued interest from various corners. Notably, influential powerbroker Al Haymon is said to be in the negotiation ring with several big players for a new deal, with contenders like Amazon Prime Video and DAZN tipped as possible suitors.
No stranger to making headlines, Oscar De La Hoya’s attempt to seize the moment is a clear indicator of one thing: in the boxing world, vacuums don’t stay empty for long. A fundamental principle instilled in any skilled boxing fighter’s combat repertoire is to strike when the opportunity arises; it seems promoters are no different.
A History of Rivalry Between De La Hoya and Haymon
De La Hoya’s extensive and contentious relationship with Al Haymon and PBC should not be sidelined while discussing his recent call to PBC fighters. Never one to mince his punches, De La Hoya has been vocal with his criticism of Haymon and PBC on various public platforms. In particular, he has often pointed at Haymon’s seeming reluctance to collaborate on fights involving fighters from both their stables, calling it a structural problem plaguing boxing.
This rivalry harks back to when Haymon was closely associated with De La Hoya only a few years before a significant falling out in 2014. It should be noted that Haymon, infamous for avoiding media attention and keeping a low profile even at fights, hardly makes public comments on these instances.
Spectacular New Boxing Bouts on the Horizon
In the end, whatever the motivations behind them, calls like the one made by De La Hoya can only mean one thing for boxing fans worldwide: the prospect of exciting new matches in the future. And so, as Showtime prepares to exit the boxing world and deal talks are underway, we continue to keep a keen focus on De La Hoya’s appeal and where it might lead. The boxing community waits with bated breath: let’s bring on the thrilling bouts and let those gloves do the talking.