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Peter Nelson is the new boss at HBO Sports

After losing a couple of top executives at HBO Sports in the last month, Peter Nelson has just been promoted to lead the network's sports division.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Today HBO announced that they have promoted Peter Nelson to the position of Executive Vice President, HBO Sports,replacing Ken Hershman. The announcement was made by Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming, to whom Nelson will report. Nelson has been a VP of programming at HBO Sports since 2013.

"Peter Nelson is the ideal choice to spearhead our groundbreaking programming initiatives as well as our commitment to world class boxing, which have made HBO Sports an acclaimed franchise for the network," said Lombardo. "He has a comprehensive understanding of boxing, a key programming staple for our subscribers for more than four decades. We enjoyed a terrific 2015 season and can't wait to present the best collection of fighters in the world on our platforms in the new year."

Despite HBO recording one of their best years, it's clear that change is in the air as two top executives at HBO Sports recently handed in their letters of resignation. But Nelson is hoping to ride this years wave of success into future endeavors.

"The quality of HBO Sports programming is mirrored in the profound talents creating it, both those who work with HBO and those who work within it, people for whom I have deep admiration and with whom I'm excited to collaborate," said Nelson.

Nelson graduated from Harvard University, manga cum laude, with a degree in Ancient Greece...Gladiator games in the squared-circle, anyone?

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