Oscar De La Hoya: 'Top Rank knows why they won't work with us'

Oscar De La Hoya spoke with Marcos Villegas about the split between HBO and Golden Boy, and the current political climate of American boxing.

Marcos Villegas, The Boxing Channel: "How did you react to the whole HBO thing, and I know you've been asked, but for our viewers, how did you react first initially, and how did you find about the news? And what do you say about the situation, is this going to stop fights from happening for fans?"

Oscar De La Hoya: "I was just extremely surprised. Extremely surprised. My CEO Richard Schaefer gave me a call and he told me, 'Did you hear the news?' And I'm, like, 'What are you talking about?' I was probably playing golf somewhere, I dunno. And he tells me, yeah, this is what they decided to do. My first reaction was, yeah, I was very surprised. I tell Richard, look, we have the best stable. Showtime is, is, is, is, uh, you know, we're doing a lot of fights with Showtime, with CBS down the road, eventually. Our fighters are happy. We're making the best fights happen now. It's OK. It's fine. Hey, look, them pulling the plug from the biggest promoter in the world -- and they're in the boxing business. HBO is in the boxing business. Not doing business with the biggest promoter in the world, that's not our problem. That's not our problem whatsoever. We're going to continue doing fights. We're going to continue making events, the biggest events, mark my words, putting the best against the best, going aggressively and signing fighters, getting the best fighters. We're gonna go, I mean, it's full steam ahead, baby, let's do it. So that's -- it is what it is."

Villegas: "What would you say to a fan that says it is your guys problem, this needs to be fixed? Because say someone like Brandon Rios can't get a fight with the best in his division, which is Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia? People feel that it's just gonna keep splitting, it's gonna be two big promotions going head-to-head. Fights are gonna get double-booked on the same night, and it's a cycle and it needs to stop."

De La Hoya: "You mentioned with Canelo-Lopez and Chavez-Martinez, both events did extremely well, which was great for boxing. It really didn't hurt."

Villegas: "But it made fans choose. They had to choose one or the other instead of the main focus being that guy."

De La Hoya: "Put it on DVR. I mean, look, the Canelo-Lopez was the most-watched event on Showtime. Ratings were great. Ticket sales were amazing. Chavez sold a lot of pay-per-views, ratings were great, ticket sales were amazing. I think the more boxing we have on TV, the better. Obviously this feud doesn't help whatsoever. I'm gonna say it again, we always are willing to work with anybody. But it's funny how Top Rank will never work with us. They just will never work with us. And it's not because we cannot come to an agreement. It's not that. It goes way beyond that. I'm not going to go into details, but they know why they won't work with us."

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