Philippines, 26 Jun 2019
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Ed de la Vega, DDS

Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name






FIGHT RESULTS            


HOUSE NEWS                






BOXING GYMS               



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor

Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva

List of Articles by Ed de la Vega, DDS


HBO Boxing Drops Curtain For the Last Time

By Ed de la Vega, DDS
10 Dec 2018

HBO Boxing was an institution for the last 45 years. They have presented more than 100O fights and for a while they were the top banana of boxing shows.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. For the giant network that time was last Saturday December 8, 2018 at the famed StubHub Center at Carson, California. The promoter for the last fight card is the very amiable Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions.

Sadly however, the last show had all the trimmings of a “last-show”. There were less than a thousand people in attendance. That count includes all the media folks that did not travel to New York to see Lomachenko beat the challenger to his crown, Jose Pedraza; and the red or black clad employees of StubHub.

There were so few auxiliary media photographers in attendance that MagnaMedia refused to open the press box for them. Therefore they had to shot from Section 25. In fairness, Section 25 is a great spot to shoot from but it is out in the open and not really a great place to be on a cold December night in SoCal. The temperature drops to about 52 degrees Fahrenheit this time of the year.

One rather well known writer from Southern California posted in the net that “he was attending a funeral”. Another loudly announced when he walked in - “It this the library?” Both comments were obvious reference to the almost empty stadium.

In fact, there were far more fans in attendance at the first US promotions of Cebu’s ALA Boxing at the same venue than those who came last Saturday night.

Yes it was that quiet. In fact there were so little fans in attendance that all the usual concession stands were closed. There were only two miserable bars at the floor area and one food truck up above on the concourse area.

The ushers were visibly bored having no one to “usher” or at the very least tell to “tone down their alcohol driven frenzy”. In fact one hang out in our area just so she will be with people. Oh, one the men’s room was immaculately clean. No tissue paper thrown on the floor and there was no soul to see refreshing himself.

PhilBoxing's Jhay Otamias (L) and the author at HBO's last card at StubHub Center in Carson, California Dec 8, 2018.

Curious how the last HBO Show will turn out, Philboxing reps in the Southern California area in the person of Jhay Otamias and yours truly were at the event. After all, it is somewhat a “historical” night in boxing - the end of the HBO era. “I would not miss this for anything, Otamias told this writer even if it’s my wife’s birthday today. Many folks surely are interested to know how the last HBO event went, particularly the readers of Philboxing and its our job to cover it,” he added.

The HBO people in an unprecedented move gathered everybody connected to their company for a last photo op at the StubHub seats and from the floor with the ring in the background with two lonely souls beating each other’s guts. It was the ultimate in disrespect for the fighters and the handful of fans present. They could have done the photo op before the fights started or at the very least, between fights.
But they did not seem to care or perhaps they were so caught up in getting their last group photo that they forgot that a fight was going in the ring.

In retrospect it's sad that HBO Boxing has to end. The famed sports channel after all brought many of Many Pacquiao’s fights to the world. To the Filipinos, myself included, that meant a lot.

We will miss the very well informed commentator, Jim Lampley like we miss the old man Larry Merchant and the very vociferous color commentator, Max Kellerman.

But most of all, we will miss more great fights that made HBOBoxing what it was in the last 4 decades.

Farewell fellows. Thanks for the memories.

Back to Ed de la Vega, DDS's Articles Listing

Recent In-House articles:

  • A deep concern for Manny Pacquiao
    By Recah Trinidad, 26 Jun 2019
    By , 26 Jun 2019
  • July 13: Shakur Stevenson to Fight Franklin Manzanilla in Newark Homecoming
    By , 26 Jun 2019
  • Boxeo Telemundo Summer Series Lineup
    By , 26 Jun 2019
    By , 26 Jun 2019
  • Thorslund wins WBO World female super bantamweight title
    By Lito delos Reyes, 25 Jun 2019
  • Tinampay fights Sultan on June 26 in Bohol
    By Lito delos Reyes, 25 Jun 2019
  • DC amateur boxing team scores 6 wins
    By Lito delos Reyes, 25 Jun 2019
    By , 25 Jun 2019
  • Otha Jones III Dismantles Horabin in 100 seconds
    By , 25 Jun 2019
  • Muhsin Cason Scores First Round TKO to Extend Undefeated Record
    By , 25 Jun 2019
  • Ryan Walsh-Lewis Paulin and Ohara Davies-Miguel Vazquez LIVE on ESPN+ Friday, June 28
    By , 25 Jun 2019
  • De Guzman wins Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. chess cup
    By Marlon Bernardino, 25 Jun 2019
  • TMZ SPORTS EXCLUSIVE: Keith Thurman Betting $10k On Himself to KO Pacquiao Before Round 3
    By , 25 Jun 2019
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 25 Jun 2019
  • Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Interactive Boxing Exhibit Museum Now Open to the Public
    By , 25 Jun 2019
  • Prokick: Europe vs. Asia results - Smith earns WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title
    By , 24 Jun 2019
  • Billel Dib reflects on Andrew Cancio's victory, wants world title clash next
    By , 24 Jun 2019
  • Bigfoot Silva vs. Greg Tony headlines WKN World Cup in Auckland
    By , 24 Jun 2019
  • Former ALA Fighter Rey Caitom in Action this Saturday in Singapore
    By Carlos Costa, 24 Jun 2019


 has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to

    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019