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BANG! Jim Lampley Resigns with HBO for Multi-Year Deal

Posted: October 9, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Four-time Sports Emmy winner Jim Lampley will continue his tenure as HBO’s lead boxing voice with the network announcing a new multi-year deal with the veteran broadcaster.

The news was confirmed today via Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports.

“For nearly three decades, Jim has been the most prominent television voice in boxing,” said Nelson. “His work is universally recognized as the standard in the sport and we are thrilled to know he will continue in this high visibility role for years to come. Jim’s high journalistic standards, historical knowledge of the sport and enthusiasm for sharing the backstories of the fighters who enter the ring enriches the broadcast experience for the HBO audience.”

Lampley, who called his first HBO bout in 1988 when Mike Tyson faced Tony Tubbs, has been the dramatic voice that’s accompanied some of boxing’s seminal moments, including Gatti-Ward I, Foreman-Moorer and Pacquiao-Marquev IV.

“I’m very lucky to have spent nearly three decades working in HBO’s unique culture, and grateful for the chance to keep doing it,” said Lampley in a prepared statement.  “It’s always been my natural home.”

Under the new deal, Lampley’s will continues his duties doing play-by-play for World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, HBO Pay-Per-View, and The Fight Game.

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As much as we joke about Jim’s excitement and catchphrases coming from phantom punches, the man knows how to add to the drama of a fight. Many of us were raised on his commentary and I welcome having him around a few more years. There’s no one else left that has his flair and we’ll definitely miss him when he decides to hang up the mic. Until then, let’s enjoy the HARD RIGHT HANDs! and BANGs! while we can.

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Former middleweight titlist Danny Jacobs meets with the NYC media today to discuss his big free agent signing with Matchroom Boxing. The presser will be streamed live and begins at 12:30 p.m.

Andre Ward Ends Career with Surprise Retirement

Posted: September 21, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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After cementing his place as the Pound 4 Pound best fighter in world with a decisive June stoppage over Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward is now walking away from the sport. The veteran made the shocking announcement today that he will be retiring after a 13-year, undefeated career.

Ward, who has dealt with shoulder and knee injuries for the last five years of his career, confirmed those issues played heavily into his decision.

“I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” said Ward in a statement. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.”

Ward won the last Olympic gold medal for the American men’s team in 2004. He turned pro to much fanfare and made his mark as an elite fighter by dominating the super middleweight Super Six tournament with dominant wins over Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.

From late 2013 through early 2015, Ward would see his career sidelined by contract issues with promoter Goosen Tutor. After signing with Roc Nation in January 2015, Ward would jump to light-heavyweight and an eventual showdown with feared unified champion Sergey Kovalev. Ward would climb off the canvas to win their November 2016 encounter by split decision. In the rematch last June, Ward silenced critics by stopping Kovalev in the eighth off a series body shots.

Andre Ward leaves the sport with a record of 32-0 (16 KOs).

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream for the untelevised undercard of tonight’s superfight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. The stream will show the following bouts.

Marlen Esparza (2-0) vs. Aracely Palacios, flyweights

Nicola Adams (2-0) vs. Alexandra Vlajk (11-6), super flyweight

Vergil Ortiz (6-0) vs. Cesar Valenzuela (7-1), super lightweight

Serhii Bohachuk (4-0) vs. TBA

 

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Fans in the United States and Canada can now watch the full Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 2 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe (21-2, 6 KOs) WBO middleweight title matchup via an exclusive stream from Banner Promotions. The link goes live at 5:30 p.m. with the fight beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

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We’re just one day away from the biggest matchup of the year in Canelo Alvarez challenging Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight title. The men have their last preliminary face-off today at 3 p.m. ET at the official weigh-in. BeatsBoxingMayhem is streaming the entire event which includes the undercard.

The fight takes place tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view.

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of Wednesday’s final press conference between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Watch the two stars give their final thoughts before Saturday’s much-anticipated matchup. The live stream begins at 3 p.m. ET. The fight takes place on HBO pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.