HBO Going To London For Froch-Groves II on May 31

BY The Sweet Science ON May 21, 2014
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CARL-FROCH--GEORGE-GROVES

HBO BOXING® RETURNS TO LONDON FOR THE ENTHRALLING REMATCH

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: CARL FROCH VS. GEORGE GROVES II,

PRESENTED SATURDAY, MAY 31, ALONG WITH THE TITLE FIGHT

SIMPIWEVETYEKA VS. NONITO DONAIRE FROM MACAU

American boxing fans can catch a highly anticipated UK rematch and a title fight from Macau when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: CARL FROCH VS. GEORGE GROVES II AND SIMPIWE VETYEKA VS. NONITO DONAIRE is seen SATURDAY, MAY 31 at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team will be calling both events, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: June 1 (8:30 a.m.) and 3 (1:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 1 (3:15 p.m.) and 2 (11:00 p.m.)

Just six months after their first encounter, two of the UK’s favorite sons, Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, and George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) of Hammersmith, London, England, clash in a 12-round title rematch before more than 80,000 fans. Groves dominated the first eight rounds of their Nov. 2013 bout, and appeared well on his way to a unanimous decision, but Froch launched a tireless barrage of shots midway through the ninth in a dramatic turn of events. While the hurt yet gritty Groves remained on his feet, Froch’s attack compelled the referee to end the fight in controversial fashion. This highly charged 168-pound bout will air on HBO at 4:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT).

The action begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with full same-day coverage of the scheduled 12-round featherweight title fight between challenger Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) and titleholder Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KOs) from Cotai Arena at The Venetian® Macao in Macau, China. In his season debut, Donaire, who has won titles in four divisions and was the sport’s 2012 Fighter of the Year, seeks a new crown. A native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, he started a new winning streak last fall on HBO with a ninth-round KO victory over Vic Darchinyan in their rematch. Vetyeka, of Mdantsane, South Africa, will be making the first defense of his 126-pound title.

Later that evening (11:15-11:45 p.m. ET/PT), HBO presents the first episode of “24/7 Cotto/Martinez,” the latest installment of the Emmy ®-winning series. The show profiles superstars Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez as they prepare for their June 7 blockbuster encounter on HBO Pay-Per-View®.

At midnight (ET/PT), HBO Latino presents a special edition of “HBO Latino Boxing” from the Tropicana Casino Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Javier Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic takes on Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs) in a super featherweight event scheduled for ten rounds, while Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs) and Luis Orlando Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs), both of Puerto Rico, open the show with a scheduled ten-round super bantamweight fight. Subscribers can also catch the action with English-language commentary on HBO2 at midnight (ET/PT).

HBO2 and HBO Latino will replay FROCH VS. GROVES II after the action from Las Vegas concludes.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer Thomas Odelfelt; director, Johnathan Evans.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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Comment on this article

The Commish says:

I think we are all excited about this card.

I'm also excited about the fact I have the head of HBO Sports--Ken Hershmann--coming on my show this Friday at 6:30pm (ET).

Anybody have any questions for him?

-Randy G.

amayseng says:

Great event, very excited for this one the first one was a barn burner...

I have Groves in the rematch. KO 6

My boy Deep2 will have Froch by KO 6-8. ha


Ask Mr. Hershman if he and HBO are still happy about letting Mr Mayweather go to Showtime and if they think they are cooking the books over there to look more successful than they really are economically....

oubobcat says:

I think we are all excited about this card.

I'm also excited about the fact I have the head of HBO Sports--Ken Hershmann--coming on my show this Friday at 6:30pm (ET).

Anybody have any questions for him?

-Randy G.


I do have a question for Ken Hershmann.

I am a diehard boxing fan as are many people who subscribe to HBO. HBO has several channels are part of their programming package. I would like to know why HBO does not televise any of the undercard portions of their boxing cards on one of their many networks? The television crew and cameras are already set up (the costly part) and showcasing additional fights and fighters on one of the additional networks seems to make a lot of sense. They wouldn't be paying any more and have the outlets to showcase the entire card. the Why has HBO continually resisted doing this?

The Shadow says:

Awesome!!

I would like to know:

1) what would it take for them to air GBP fighters? Wouldn't GGG-Quillin be a good start? Low-risk, unification, not too expensive...

2) What is their online content strategy going forward? On Demand? Stream? Have they looked at the WWE NETWORK model to increase margins on their PPV income? As Bobcat points out, they could air undercard fights via stream or on HBO2. If the costs are already born, one would assume few better eyeballs are better than none.

3) What's the long term strategy for HBO boxing franchise?

4) Thoughts on CBS' commitment to premium cable boxing? How are they going to turn around the trend of SHO's rapidly increasing market share and dominating PPV for past year and a half?

5) How do they plan on capturing better demographics (like UFC and WWE), if they are planning to do so at all?

Those are some of the things I've been wondering...

Skibbz says:

Great event, very excited for this one the first one was a barn burner...

I have Groves in the rematch. KO 6

My boy Deep2 will have Froch by KO 6-8. ha


Ask Mr. Hershman if he and HBO are still happy about letting Mr Mayweather go to Showtime and if they think they are cooking the books over there to look more successful than they really are economically....


I like the prediction mate, KO 6 will set the roof on fire. I say UD Groves with a fair margin. I hope we get a knockdown or KO just for the sake of the atmosphere... 80,000 in Wembley.. 7 days now!

The_King_AJ says:

Ken Hershmann LOL

- Hey Commish, tell Hershmann to tell the HBO commentators that they actually indirectly make viewers lose interest in certain fighters. These commentators are just in a casual discussion amongst themselves during fights. Listen to the B.S they were coming up with in Rigondeaux fights, when he was rising up the ranks, till now. HBO commentators are a part of the business and they have to do their part to be professional and hype their fighters a bit.

- Hershmann should consider putting pressure on Quillin to take the Golovkin fight. Quillin is out of his depth as a world champion and before you know it, someone like Agnew is going to take the belt from him to become the world champion. More paper champions on HBO.

deepwater2 says:

- Hershmann should consider putting pressure on Quillin to take the Golovkin fight. Quillin is out of his depth as a world champion and before you know it, someone like Agnew is going to take the belt from him to become the world champion. More paper champions on HBO.

Hershmann would love to put pressure on Quillin to fight GGG, only one problem. Peter Q is a Al Haymon controlled puppet that is on showtime not HBO. More paper champs on showtime. Hershmann bounced the paper champs taking easy fights from HBO.

deepwater2 says:

Great event, very excited for this one the first one was a barn burner...

I have Groves in the rematch. KO 6

My boy Deep2 will have Froch by KO 6-8. ha


Ask Mr. Hershman if he and HBO are still happy about letting Mr Mayweather go to Showtime and if they think they are cooking the books over there to look more successful than they really are economically....


I do have Froch by any means necessary

amayseng says:

I do have Froch by any means necessary


I knew it!!


It is gonna be a great fight either way

Grimm says:

Sometimes history is written before it is made. That's why Groves will win, as will DeGale - and Wembley will be sold out again for another great grudgefight in Groves-DeGale II.

The Commish says:

A few hours before my show, I received an e-mail from the HBO Publicity Department. Something came up for Ken Hershmann and he had to cancel his ascheduled interview with me. We are going to re-schedule for a date in June.

I love your questions and will ask him as many of those as I can.

Also, like all of you, I anxiously await the opening bell to Carl Froch-Geroge Groves.

-Randy G.

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