Joshua-Klitschko to air on Showtime and HBO Saturday
April 17, 2017
Promoters for heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko have come to terms to air the IBF heavyweight title fight on both Showtime and HBO. Showtime will air the live broadcast at 1:15pm PT and HBO will rebroadcast it in prime time at 7:45pm PT. The event takes place at Wembley Stadium in London.
Per Yahoo! Sports, each network will provide its own announcing crew for the show. Showtime has an exclusive deal with Joshua and Klitschko has a deal with HBO.
The negotiated deal between rival networks is a rarity. The last time the networks worked in conjunction with one another for a boxing event was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The business relationship broke down after the fight and resulted in a lawsuit.
This is a rarity and its good news for boxing fans that have only HBO or Showtime. It also reflects the fact that there can be a working relationship between rival promoters and networks. This has been a bone of contention which was brought up in lawsuits by Top Rank and Golden Boy against Al Haymon’s PBC. This is evidence that it can happen. It will be interesting to see the ratings for each network. While Showtime gets the live airing, it is in the mid-afternoon on Saturday for the west coast while HBO does get a prime time replay albeit many might know the result.