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Sho Boxing Boss Espinoza Talks Thurman-Garcia, Berto-Porter, Wilder, Super Models



Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza hung at the weigh in for the Thurman-Garcia card today at the LIU Paramount Theater, and the cabler chief told NYFights that he’s thinking that they could be primed to do a good number on CBS, on primetime tomorrow.

Could be…UFC is running a pay per view, so, he noted, we will know when we know.

“We’re not head to head with the main event, but we’re on free TV, so I think we’ll get some flipping back and forth,” he said.

Espinoza touched on the Shawn Porter v Andre Berto fight, which will be officially announced Saturday afternoon at Barclays Center. They tussle April 22 back at the Barc…

“And we’re still working on the deal that will never end,” he cracked, speaking of the rights deal to the April 29 Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko scrap in England. Joshua has a deal with Sho, and Klitschko a longtime affiliation with HBO. Both entities are supposed to have last dibs on final offer to screen that heavyweight tango. Well, it’s hard to adhere to TWO companies getting last crack…unless one says hell with it, I’m out. Might Espinoza get to that point, and just tell Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn to go with HBO and all will move forward. “You can’t have each side having last refusal,” he said. “At some point, yeah, it’s not there yet but at some point, yeah, at some point it’s diminishing returns.” He spoke with equanimity, and acceptance, being that this is groud that hasn’t in recent times been walked on.

He will be working on next for Mikey Garcia, and he’s happy, he said, that Deontay Wilder exited his bout injury free. The Bronze Bomber wasn’t ultra sharp against Gerald Washington Feb. 25 after an injury hiatus “but he has that great equalizer, that right hand.”

“It’s like a super model with bad breath,” I offered.

“You’re right,” Espinoza chuckled. “But at the end of the day, you’ll take it.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.