Just days after green-lighting the proposed Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida bout for Williams’ comeback, July 9th, the network has changed its mind and is now rejecting the 155 lb. catchweight contest.
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 9th date is still Williams’ but the lanky southpaw from Georgia will have to find a new, presumably more fan-friendly opponent.