Bob Arum Says Al Haymon Doesn’t Really Exist; So Who’s Been Representing the Fighters? [Video]

Bob Arum says he believes he can make a fight between welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford if he can sit down with Al Haymon. He also believes there’s no Al Haymon and boxing’s most elusive figure is a fictional character conjured up by Sam Watson. Arum goes on to say the problem, with making the match-up is he doesn’t know who PBC Is. Here’s what the Top Rank chief said according to  Kevin Idec for Boxingscene: “The problem is who is PBC?,” Arum told BoxingScene.com, referring to the Premier Boxing Champions organization Haymon launched early in 2015. “And people say, ‘Al Haymon.’ And I say Al Haymon is a fiction Sam Watson…

CA Judge Dismisses Golden Boy Anti-Trust Suit Against Haymon

The battle outside of the ring between Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Manager Al Haymon came to a close on Thursday as a California judge dismissed the the lawsuit claiming influential manager Al Haymon engaged in monopolistic practices. According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter wrote the following at the close of the 24 page decision. “Plaintiffs have been unable to present any evidence of harm to competition.” “Instead, plaintiffs have merely presented evidence of harm to themselves.” When proceedings began in May 2015, Golden Boy issued the following statement. “Since the moment Al Haymon launched [PBC earlier this year], he has repeatedly and brazenly…

Porter Sends Message To Fans Re: Thurman Fight

LAS VEGAS, NV – The chatter surrounding a possible Premier Boxing Champions match-up between welterweights Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter is reaching a fevered pitch on social media. While the prevailing theory behind the non-signing of this fight is Thurman’s salary demands, other media outlets are reporting the fight will me moved to early 2016 due to the large number of fights already scheduled to close out 2015. What’s the real story? Likely a little of both. Thurman may have lofty salary demands they are willing to meet and there ARE a lot of fights on deck before the close of the year including the pay-per-view event featuring Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez. While that’s not a…

Broner vs Porter: Why Can’t We Talk Weight Without Tension?

With the fight between Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter rapidly approaching, the focus continues to be fixed on weight. As with most bouts in this common era of fighting weight has emerged as a point of fact that was formerly par for the course to a negotiating point nearly as important as purse split. This fight is to be fought at 144 pounds. What are we to call this 144-pound match-up? It’s not light welterweight, it’s not welterweight, so maybe we’ll create a new name. Medium Welterweight. I’m sure we could get it sanctioned by a certain body if we really wanted. Whatever you may think of the negotiated weight, both fighters signed on the…

War Golden Boy; Company Files $300 Mil Suit Against Haymon

LOS ANGELES — Over the past few months there have been some not-so-quiet whispers of a potential lawsuit between Golden Boy Promotions and Al Haymon. Well the whispers have turned into full blown conversations and the deed is done. According to a report on BoxingScene.com Golden Boy Promotions, the promotional giant headed by former champion Oscar De La Hoya, has filed suit against Al Haymon, affiliate company Waddle & Reed Financial Inc., and it’s related hedge funds alleging repeated violations of anti-trust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Details of the complaint include: (provided by si.com) Golden Boy contends that Haymon is using his monopoly as a boxing manager to create another monopoly for…

Steve “USS” Cunningham Signs With Al Haymon

Philadelphia (April 21, 2015)–Former two-time world cruiserweight champion and current Heavyweight contender, Steve “USS” Cunningham has signed with adviser Al Haymon. Cunningham of Philadelphia is excited about the prospects for his future. “I’m looking forward to working with Al, he’s a genius at what he does.  I’ve been watching him for several years and seeing all that he accomplishes for his fighters but have always been on the outside looking in due to contractual obligations.  It finally lined up to where we can work together and it’s going to great.  I believe my best fights have yet to be seen,”said Cunningham Cunningham has a record of 28-7 with 13 knockouts.  He won the IBF Cruiserweight championship when…

Golden Boy Files Suit Against Jhonny Gonzalez

LAS VEGAS — Golden Boy dropped the mic on Jhonny Gonzalez return to the ring against Gary Russell Jr. In breaking news, Golden Boy Promotions has filed suit against the featherweight champion ahead of his Saturday night title fight. Gonzalez and his Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo conspired with manager/promoter Al Haymon to violate Golden Boy’s exclusive rights to promote Gonzalez. “Golden Boy’s contract with Jhonny Gonzalez couldn’t be clearer – the company has exclusive promotional rights for two years or four fights, and neither of those milestones has been reached to date,” said Golden Boy Spokesman Stefan Friedman. “Furthermore, the motive behind the defendants adamant and longtime refusal to match Gonzalez with Gary Russell, Jr…

PBC/ESPN Agreement – Official Press Release

ESPN Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Televise Premier Boxing Champions Series PBC on ESPN to Air 12 Two-hour Live Shows Annually on ESPN and ABC ESPN will televise Premier Boxing Champions, a series created for television by Haymon Boxing, featuring top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names. The multi-year agreement was announced today. The first of 12 two-hour annual live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecasts is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. ESPN telecasts will air live in primetime. ABC broadcasts will air on Saturdayafternoon, with further details to be announced at a later date. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language network, will also televise all PBC on ESPN fights as part of its Noche de…

Al Haymon Expands PBC to ABC and ESPN Networks

LOS ANGELES — Add ABC and ESPN to the list of networks set to air boxing to the masses. According to a report in Wednesday’s addition of USA Today, Premier Boxing Champions, the latest boxing platform presented by powerful and influential manager Al Haymon will air roughly 24-2 hour fight cards over the next year. “We’re really excited by the opportunity here,” said Brian Kweder, ESPN’s senior director of programming and acquisitions, “The fact that Haymon is trying to improve the sport of boxing and make it better is right up our alley.” Since it’s inaugural broadcast on NBC, Premier Boxing Champions has been reporting record breaking statistics not only NBC, but for their broadcast on Spike…

CBS/SHOWTIME Announce Multi-Year Live Boxing Venture

LIVE BOXING RETURNS TO CBS TELEVISION NETWORK WITH MULTI-YEAR VENTURE FROM CBS & SHOWTIME® CBS Sports Presentation of Premier Boxing Champions To Air In Conjunction With Marquee SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Events    NEW YORK (Feb. 17, 2015) – CBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports® have announced a multi-year joint venture to present live boxing on the CBS Television Network—the first of up to eight live events in 2015 will premiere on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS.  Premier Boxing Champions on CBS will air in conjunction with marquee SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events as part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms.   The first six weeks to begin this venture will feature…