After 45 years of broadcasting fights, HBO announced last week that the company will no longer regularly cover boxing matches. Although the network got its start in boxing, it has since expanded well beyond the sport, with flagship shows like Game of Thrones getting most of the attention these days. But no matter what, the best HBO fights will live on in memory.
According to The New York Times, the network decided to pull the plug on its boxing division because covering the sport is expensive, and it’s no longer a big draw for subscribers.
“Because of our association with boxing, people forget that we’re not a sports network,” Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, told the Times. “We’re a storytelling platform.”
Even so, HBO has covered quite a few great fights over the years.
Here are some of the best: