HBO Boxing Tickets
Premiere Event Date: January 22, 1973
Final Event Date: December 8, 2018
First Main Event: George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship
Final Main Event: Cecilia Braekhus vs. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes
HBO Boxing TicketsWith an illustrious 45-year run, HBO was one of the most consistent, illustrious and well-respected homes for marquee boxing events taking place around the globe. From the very first main event fight that HBO brought to the masses, the network’s prestige only grew. HBO became an unrivaled home for boxing, which attracted endless droves of fans, both as live attendees and as home viewers. With time, HBO would air multiple shows and series focused on boxing, providing not only the fights themselves but the expert commentary on all boxers and upcoming matches. George Foreman himself would eventually come to join the commentary team at HBO Boxing, along with such mainstays as Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and multi-division boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. StubHub is the place to get your HBO boxing tickets to any big-time fights that can set your pulse racing.
What are some of the major venues where HBO Boxing events have been held?HBO has held many of its most talked-about fights in Nevada in legendary venues like the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Paradise. The Mandalay Bay Resort Event Center is another major venue in Paradise, Nevada, where HBO has held important boxing events. Madison Square Garden in New York City has also been the setting of many of HBO’s legendary fights, as have international arenas like the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, and the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, also holds an especially important and bittersweet place in the history of HBO Boxing, as it was the setting of its very last event.
What were the major HBO Boxing events or shows?The two major boxing shows and events aired by HBO were HBO World Championship Boxing, which ran from January 1973 to December 2018, and Boxing After Dark, which ran from February 1996 to December 2018.
Why are there no more HBO Boxing events?HBO reached the decision to stop putting on boxing events for a number of reasons, including the increasing presence of streaming services like DAZN in the boxing world, as well as the retirement of longtime boxing commentator Larry Merchant in 2012. Seeing its longtime dominance in the boxing world slipping away, HBO executives made the decision to stop hosting boxing matches and instead focus on providing other forms of entertainment to their viewers.
What was the final HBO Boxing event like?The final televised HBO Boxing event took place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, then called the StubHub Center. The event featured an emotional on-air reunion between longtime colleagues in the HBO Boxing commentary booth, Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant, signaling the first time the pair had been together since Merchant’s retirement and the last time they would ever be together under the HBO banner. The night featured fights involving two-time Olympic medallist Claressa Shields and Femke Hermans, a co-main event between Juan Francisco Estrada and Victor Mendez which ended in a seventh-round stoppage and the main event bout between Cecilia Braekhus and Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes.
What are some other boxing events that are similar to HBO Boxing?Fans of HBO boxing events who are looking for other ways to enjoy top-level fights should check out the StubHub pages for other exciting boxing events like Premier Boxing Champions, Top Rank Boxing and Showtime Championship Boxing.
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