|Larry Merchant end his 35-year run as a ringside boxing commentator - HBO Sports Announcement|
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Dec 13, 2012)
Larry Merchant will end his unprecedented 35-year run as a ringside boxing commentator for HBO Sports with the season finale of World Championship Boxing® this Saturday night (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) from
Houston. Following the telecast, Merchant will be moving into another phase of his wide-ranging career.
"Starting in January, I will become a Tom Brokaw-like senior
kibbitzer on major news and events in boxing," Merchant said, adding,"I
lucky to land with HBO when it was just a startup. I'm proud to be
associated with so many talented people who made us into a
groundbreaking network. I'm looking forward now to my new role and to
new adventures in television, writing and the expanding media
Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports, said, "It is extraordinary to
reflect on all that Larry Merchant accomplished at HBO Sports during
35 years. We've been honored to have him as a colleague and he'll
always be a member of the HBO family."
Merchant worked side by side with Jim Lampley since 1988. Max
Kellerman, who joined HBO Sports in 2005 and has alternated with
Merchant the past
few years, will now be the full-time HBO ringside boxing commentator
and post-fight interviewer.
Merchant had one of the best seats in the house for three-plus
decades , sharing his insights and observations on Sugar Ray Leonard,
Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Pernell Whitaker, Evander
Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Roy Jones Jr., Lennox Lewis, Oscar
de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and others as
they built their careers on HBO.
Merchant also was part of the original correspondent teams for HBO's Real Sports and Wimbledon coverage. He wrote the Emmy®-winning
documentary series "Legendary Nights" that aired in 2003.
Before HBO, Merchant was a reporter-commentator-producer with NBC
Sports and the host of an award-winning panel show on USA Network.
was a sports editor-columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News and a columnist for the New York Post.
The Boxing Writers Association of America honored Merchant for
excellence in broadcast journalism in 1985 and with the A.J. Liebling
in 2009. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame
in 2009 as well.
Larry was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Oklahoma University.
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