Due to production issues and the size of the venue, HBO will not broadcast the Feb. 1 Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama fight from Monte Carlo, Monaco, according to Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. Golovkin is slated to return to HBO on April 26 at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"After extensive collective efforts, logistics to produce the fight from Monte Carlo could not be resolved. We have tried for the past month to find a way to televise Gennady Golovkin vs. Osumanu Adama on Feb. 1 from Monte Carlo," read a statement from HBO.
"Unfortunately, the venue could not accommodate our production needs. We spent weeks looking at creative ways to produce a telecast for the HBO2 service from Monte Carlo and it simply could not get resolved. We are grateful for all the assistance from Tom Loeffler and K2 in trying to get us accommodated."
Golovkin (28-0, 25 knockouts), the reigning WBA middleweight titleholder, will pursue his 16th consecutive stoppage victory when he meets Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), but viewers will have to watch him on international television, said Loeffler.
"Unfortunately, they can't accomodate all of the production equipment. It's a very small venue," said Loffler of The Salle des etoiles. "We tried every angle to try to make it work, and it just didn't. It didn't seem possible. HBO wanted to produce its own signal. The fight will be on all of the international channels, it just won't be broadcast here in the United States."