Jay Larkin

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One of the most successful television executives in the world of boxing and entertainment, Jay Larkin, passed away August 9, 2010 at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY at the age of 59. Larkin had been battling cancer. Larkin put together a successful boxing franchise while at Showtown from 1984 to 2006 with the creation of Showtown Championship Boxing, Shobox: The New Generation and a pay-per-view business. Among his successes were the promotion of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and many other Hall of Fame greats in the boxing world. Larkin was considered one of the most powerful professionals in the world of boxing. Larkin was responsible for the programming, acquisition and production of the company’s boxing franchise as well as comedy and music specials for the premium television network. He worked his way up at the network to become Senior Vice President, Senior Executive Producer Sports & Event Programming at SHOWTIME. It all began in 1986, when Larkin produced SHOWTIME’s first fight with Marvin Hagler and continued with him producing more of Mike Tyson’s fights than anyone else including a record $100,000,000 revenue night featuring Tyson-Holyfield II. He was very instrumental in the career of Evander Holyfield.