HBO changes mind on Williams-Ishida
Just days after green-lighting the proposed Paul
Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida bout for Williams’ comeback July 9,
the network has changed its mind and is now rejecting the
Rumors abound that HBO was feeling the pressure from a negative
initial public reaction to the fight and, at a time when HBO Boxing
execs are rumored to be on a short leash for poor matchmaking
efforts, they opted to withdraw their support.
A more likely reason, though, is that Williams-Ishida
would’ve been directly up against a decidedly more
fan-friendly card on Showtime, featuring Brandon Rios-Urbano
Antillon and Kermit Cintron-Carlos Molina
As of now, the July 9 date is still Williams’ but the
lanky southpaw from Georgia will have to find a new, presumably
more fan-friendly opponent.