Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Hershman to be President of HBO Sports
Showtime's General Manager of Sports Ken Hershman is jumping to HBO
RingTV.com has learned that Showtime's General Manager of Sports, Ken Hershman, will assume the role of President of HBO Sports, taking over the position vacated by Ross Greenburg, who announced his resignation in July after having been at the helm since September of 2000.
It is unclear when the announcement will become official.
"This is an HBO decision, and an internal decision," said Arum. "HBO is free to appoint anybody it wants in any position that it wants at HBO. Other than that, I have no reaction and no comment."
[UPDATE] In a subsequent announcement, HBO President of Sports Programming Michael Lombardo, to whom Hershman will report, indicated that Hershman "will be responsible for the strategic direction and overseeing the HBO Sports division, including the boxing franchise and HBO Pay-Per-View."
Showtime's Chris DeBlasio, senior director of communication for sports, confirmed Hershman's leaving for HBO and then read from the following statement issued by the network:
"Sports has been an important part of our content lineup at Showtime for many years," DeBlasio read.
"We have a great team and great programming in place and our commitment to sports remains strong. We have no announcement about a successor at this time, when we do we will let everyone know."
Promoter Lou DiBella, who served as HBO's senior vice president of programming before leaving the network in 2000, called the move "a good hire."
"I think that they made a very good choice. I think that Kenny has done a great job and done very well at Showtime Sports, and I think that it's important to have someone in place who can immediately run with the ball," said DiBella.
"I think that it's a relationship business. To learn a new industry and to not have those relationships is a huge disadvantage to somebody. Kenny has those relationships and he has the experience and I think that it was an excellent choice."
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