Jim Lampley: The preeminent voice in boxing is back

Jim Lampley

The forger of words and one of the most legendary voices in television sports journalism around the world is back.

Is about Jim Lampley, the new commentator of Triller Fight Club, who was hired for this streaming platform combining boxing, music, celebrities and the personal label of Snoop dog.

Lampley It was the stamp of HBO Boxing For 30 years, there it became the foundation of the franchise that solidified the boxing industry’s status on cable TV and later on pay-per-view, chronicling the major fights of Mike tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar de la hoya, Evander holyfield, Pernell whitaker, Roy jones, James toney, Lennox lewis, Arturo Gatti, Manny pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd mayweather Y Vitali Klitschko, just to mention a few legends of sweet science.

Lampley He was on forced work break after the disappearance of this mythical franchise on December 7, 2018, after the last show where he narrated with a broken voice the victories of Juan Francisco Estrada, Claressa shields Y Cecilia Braekus.

“Every business has an organic beginning and a natural and inevitable end,” he said. Lampley next to Max kellerman Y Jones Jr, On a night that had a funereal aura on Carson, California, in front of a ring with the lights off on that occasion.

“We urge you to turn your gaze elsewhere to continue supporting the purest and most humane of all competitive sports,” added the dean to end HBO Boxing.

This franchise succumbed in the managerial management of Peter nelson, a trade operator and fight arranger singled out in the industry and by American journalists for cheapening production values ​​of HBO and not adjusting the business model to the era of fragmented audiences and the rise of streaming to displace pay-per-view.

Lampley has not stopped offering interviews after Triller confirmed his hiring with a multi-year millionaire agreement this Monday.

In one of them, with Dan Canobio, operator of CompuBox and host of the podcast Inside Boxing, Lampley He honestly acknowledged that his first role will be a test of his professional capabilities.

“It’s going to be interesting, I’m looking forward to finding out if I can still do this,” he said.

“I have no doubts about how engaged I will be because I have been watching fights with great interest all the time during the pandemic and especially in particular in recent weeks as I knew that it might be possible to have an opportunity to do this again. and it came at the right time, I’m really excited, to narrate the boxer’s fight RING Magazine of the Year in the main event of my first comeback card, “he added on the show Canobio.

Lampley will be in charge of narrating the fight between Teofimo Lopez, (16-0, 12 KO’s), who will defend his undisputed-unified-linear lightweight world titles (IBF, WBO, WBC,Y RING) for the first time against the mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr., (19-0, 12 KOs) on June 19 at Miami Florida.

“I am impressed that Triller Fight Club is aggressively looking to put together the best broadcast possible, and it’s that mindset that makes Triller the best possible platform for my return to ringside, ”he said. Lampley.

“This first broadcast features Teofimo Lopez, conqueror of the great Vasyl Lomachenko and an exciting new talent who has already made a historic mark on the sport. That says it all to me, ”he added.

The presence of Lampley, 72, serves to draw an analogy with the ritual of retired boxers, who return to the ring years after having fought for the last time.

But the advertising slogan that David falk use, the agent of the then basketball player of the Chicago Bulls on the NBA: Michael Jordan. Falk used in the spring of 1995 a fax with a simple but resonant message to announce to the world his client’s intention, which was the worst kept secret: ‘Im Back!’ (I’m back).

Every great punching fighter always has a shot at the best youngster in his division in a comeback, and that’s what Lampley is trying to do with his voice and the fine ‘insight’ of the sport that made him one of the most eloquent and passionate commentators.

“You know, Dan, what boxers who have retired have told me, the last thing you lose is the power in your punch, it’s as easy as that, if you can hit hard you can still hit very hard ”, he told Canobio.

And that is precisely what Lampley going to do with Triller.

For its part, Ryan kavanaugh, partner of Snoop dogghe told the press in USA that this is a unique opportunity in the industry, and an honor.

“We will combine all the best elements of music, entertainment and sports, and there is no one better to help direct our broadcasts for fans of all ages than Jim,” he said.

“I am in no way ashamed or concerned that Triller may come across profanity or vulgarity. My job is to narrate what is in the ring, “he said.

Jim Lampley Achievements

4 Emmy Awards

14 Olympic Games

30 years as the voice of HBO Boxing

Member of the Hall of Fame, since 2015


Lampley has been the voice since the biggest upset in heavyweight championship history (Mike tyson vs. Buster douglas in 1990), the dramatic return of Julio Cesar Chavez to knock out Meldrick taylor with two seconds in the twelfth round, in 1990, to the poignant trilogies between Evander holyfield Y Riddick bowe Y Arturo Gatti Y Micky Ward.

He also recounted the remarkable triumph of George Foreman, 45, about Michael moorer in 1994. He was behind the microphone in the expected confrontation between Lennox lewis Y Mike tyson In 2002, he recounted blow by blow the prolific confrontation between Oscar de la hoya Y Floyd mayweather in 2007.

Lampley he transmitted with his voice to the public the debut of Canelo Alvarez on HBO in 2010 in a fight against Jose Miguel Cotto, and was thrilled with the irruption of Jaime Munguía as a surprise world champion on May 12, 2018, when he knocked out Saddam ali, to take away the world super welterweight title.

Juan Francisco Estrada has the distinction of being the last Mexican fighter whose fight was the final curtain to close the cycle of HBO Boxing, with Lampley and his voice describing the actions, on December 7, 2018.

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