Bob Arum is not pleased with HBO and Oscar De La Hoya over the current TV situation for the proposed fight on May 12th between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares.
Linares is promoted by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions but it has been revealed (according to Bob Arum) that Linares’ actual main promoter is the organization Teiken Promotions.
The fight is being aimed at for May 12th but appears the main hold up is the TV network situation.
Lomachenko fights on ESPN and Linares typically fights on HBO.
When asked in a Reddit chat by a boxing fan:
What plans do you have for Lomachenko? Unify against Berchelt or will he be moving up next? Berchelt is the last and easily toughest test for him at his current weight.
“The plan now is for Vasyl to test the waters at 135, hopefully we can get the Linares fight done for May 12th. If that’s not possible, Lomachenko would look to fight the winner of tonight’s fight between Beltran and Moses.”
Then when asked about the series of tweets Oscar De La Hoya sent recently about the proposed fight, Arum replied:
“We made a deal with the main promoter of LInares, Teiken, to fight on May 12th which is a special date for us. And we’re looking to do that fight on May 12th. It’s the weekend of the BWAA dinner in New York. It’s a major major date, the Madison Square Garden is available and we booked it. We have tremendous lead-ins with the NBA playoffs. As far as HBO and Oscar is concerned, remember last year we did a fight on November 11th and they put a fight on HBO against our fight. We did Loma and Rigo on December 9th, and HBO put a fight against us. Now suddenly they’re taking the position that they can’t put a fight against ESPN on May 12th? It just shows the deceitful nature of HBO and the people who run HBO Sports.”