Wladimir Klitschko

Showtime's Stephen Espinoza says his network has surpassed HBO as boxing's market leader

Showtime's Stephen Espinoza says his network has surpassed HBO as boxing's market leader

Within a stretch of four hours Saturday night, Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza witnessed pieces of his vision fall remarkably into place.

First, in England, unbeaten heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who’s last three fights have been brought to U.S. televisions by Showtime, improved to 18-0 with 18 knockouts and was joined by former long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in the ring to make a post-fight announcement they’d fight April 29 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Then, unbeaten super-welterweight champion Jermall Charlo of Houston put on a forceful showing in the co-main event of Showtime’s card at USC’s Galen Center,...

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