Triller Hires Emmy Award Winning Boxing Announcer Jim Lampley
On Tuesday afternoon Triller and their “Fight Club” series helped the credibility of the presentation of their sport. That’s when the fledgling boxing broadcast hired former longtime, Emmy Award winning play by play announcer and host Jim Lampley.
The 72 year old mainstay of HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” from 1988 until they ceased broadcasting the sport in late 2018 will return when Triller “Fight Club” airs from Miami on Saturday night June 19th for the Undisputed World Lightweight Title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos.
Triller released a statement from co-owner, Ryan Kavanaugh on the Lampley hire,
“It is an honor and a privilege to welcome the preeminent voice in boxing, Jim Lampley, to Triller Fight Club,” Ryan Kavanaugh said. “We will blend all the best elements of music, entertainment and sports, and there is no one better to help lead our broadcasts for fans of all ages than Jim.”
Lampley also stated in the release,
“I am impressed that Triller Fight Club is aggressively seeking to put together the best telecast possible, and it is that mentality that makes Triller the best possible platform for my return to ringside,” said Lampley. “This first telecast features Teofimo Lopez, conqueror of the great Vasiliy Lomachenko and an exciting new talent who has already made a historic mark on the sport. That says it all for me.”
Lampley joined HBO in 1988 after a long, award winning career at ABC Sports covering everything from college football, to the Olympics and then onto boxing.
Lampley was on the call for arguably the biggest upset in Heavyweight Championship history as Buster Douglas stunned Undisputed Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson in 1990, he worked the trilogy between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe in thee early to mid-90s. And, he also worked the epic Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward series of fights, and also 45-year-old George Foreman (his broadcast colleague on the network for many years) stunning Michael Moorer in 1994 to become the oldest Heavyweight Champ in history.
Lampley’s most recent important broadcast was the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown in May of 2015. He called the joint pay per view on HBO and competitor Showtime with Hall of Famer Al Bernstein, as the analyst.
It is not clear who Lampley, who went into the International Boxing Hall of Fame himself in 2015, will work with on June 19th? Bernstein was the analyst on the last Triller broadcast in April, where Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren in the first round. Fox/PBC play by play man, Ray Flores, called the fight, but they were joined by numerous voices like Snoop Dogg, Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez and others in an “overcrowded booth.”
Bernstein is committed to work the Showtime Championship Boxing main event on June 19th in Houston for Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Montiel.