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Boxing on NBC is the de facto title for NBC Sports' boxing television coverage.[1]


Gillette Cavalcade of Sports

The earliest incarnation of NBC's boxing telecasts could be traced back to 1944. Although technically, an anthology program, the Cavalcade of Sports was best known for Friday night boxing (from Madison Square Garden) on NBC from 1944 through 1960, and (after NBC decided against featuring boxing due to sensitivity over criminal allegations in the sport) then for several more years on ABC. When Cavalcade of Sports closed up shop on June 24, 1960, after a 14-year period, it marked the longest continuous run of any boxing program in television history.

Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena

Another boxing program called Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena aired on NBC during the same period (more specifically, from 1946–1948) as the Cavalcade of Sports.

Sportsworld and partnership with Telemundo

In 2003, NBC entered a joint venture with Telemundo and boxing promotional group Main Events.[2] On three consecutive Saturday afternoons – May 3, 10 and 17 – NBC Sports and Telemundo provided live coverage from the same Main Events-promoted boxing event. It marked the first time that NBC broadcast professional boxing since 1992, when Sportsworld[3][4][5] ended its run after 14 years.

The following year, NBC and Telemundo renewed their partnership with a series of five Saturday cards beginning April 17.[6]

NBCSN's Fight Night

Beginning in 2006, when the NBCSN was known as Versus, they began airing matches from Bob Arum's Top Rank group. Nick Charles was one of the announcers. In 2010, Versus broadcast the World Series of Boxing.

NBCSN's Fight Night series premiered on January 21, 2012, from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia with Kenny Rice and trainer Freddie Roach on the call and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated serving as reporter and researcher.

Premier Boxing Champions

In January 2015, NBC announced that Al Michaels would host ringside along with blow-by-blow man Marv Albert[7] and color commentator Sugar Ray Leonard for the PBC on NBC[8] Saturday night bouts. In partnership with Haymon Boxing,[9] NBC would televise 20 PBC on NBC events[10] (beginning on March 7[11]), including five to be shown in prime time on Saturday nights.

Notable bouts on NBC

On July 2, 1921, NBC's future owner RCA and its Hoboken, New Jersey, radio station WJY presented live coverage of the Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier heavyweight title fight. In the first major sporting event to be broadcast to a regional audience, ringside announcer J. Andrew White called Dempsey's fourth-round knockout victory.

On June 1, 1939, NBC (or technically, WNBT, which would eventually becoming NBC's flagship affiliate, WNBC) became the first American television network to broadcast a boxing match. Emanating from Yankee Stadium in New York City, Bill Stern provided the blow-by-blow commentary for the fight between Lou Nova and Max Baer.

On the premiere episode of Cavalcade of Sports (airing on September 29, 1944), NBC broadcast a 15-round bout between Willie Pep and Chalky Wright.

On June 19, 1946, at Yankee Stadium, Joe Louis defeated Billy Conn in the first televised World Heavyweight Championship bout ever. 146,000 people watched it on TV, also setting a record for the most seen world heavyweight bout in history. One year later on NBC on December 5, Joe Louis defeated Jersey Joe Walcott to retain the world heavyweight title.

On February 14, 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta in 13 rounds for the world middleweight title.

On the March 26, 1954, edition of Gillette Cavalcade of Sports from New York City's Madison Square Garden, Al Andrews and Gustav Scholz fought in NBC's first color transmission of a sporting event.

On the July 14, 1979, edition of NBC SportsWorld, NBC aired an eight round long exhibition match from Denver's Mile High Stadium between former Broncos defensive lineman Lyle Alzado and Muhammad Ali. Sam Nover[12] provided the blow-by-blow commentary with Dick Schaap reporting. Two years later on June 25, NBC SportsWorld aired Sugar Ray Leonard's victory in the ninth round against Ayub Kalule[13] to become the WBA World Light Middleweight champion. Marv Albert and Ferdie Pacheco called the action from Houston's Astrodome.

On May 20, 1985, NBC broadcast in prime time the IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World bout between Larry Holmes and Carl Williams. In what would become NBC's final prime time boxing broadcast for 30 years, Dick Enberg[14] hosted while Marv Albert provided blow-by-blow coverage with analyst Ferdie Pacheco.


See also


  1. ^ Google Search – Boxing on NBC
  2. ^ Everlast Will Sponsor NBC, Telemundo And Main Events Pro Boxing Television Series Archived March 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Boxer Skips Bout – November 7, 1982
  4. ^ Boxing a Weapon In TV Rating Game – July 13, 1982
  5. ^ TV SPORTS; NBC Plans to Take Tougher Approach – March 9, 1988
  6. ^ Boxing returns to NBC with 5-fight series
  7. ^ Yoder, Matt (9 February 2015). "Marv Albert and Sugar Ray Leonard are NBC's boxing announcing team". Awful Announcing.
  8. ^ Fang, Ken (15 February 2015). "NBC is bringing The Matrix to boxing … well, sort of". Awful Announcing.
  9. ^ Abramson, Mitch (14 January 2015). "Al Haymon MIA as NBC announces new prime time boxing schedule". New York Daily News.
  10. ^ Willis, George (15 January 2015). "Al Michaels to call top-notch boxing on NBC — who will watch?". New York Post.
  11. ^ Yoder, Matt (9 March 2015). "Premier Boxing Champions debut on NBC in primetime a mixed bag in ratings". Awful Announcing.
  12. ^ Ali Boxing vs Football and Lyle Alzado МУХАММЕД АЛИ on YouTube
  13. ^ Sugar Ray Leonard vs Ayub Kalule on YouTube
  14. ^ Larry Holmes vs Carl "The Truth" Williams (NBC Broadcast) on YouTube
  15. ^ Iole, Kevin (1 March 2015). "How Marv Albert, 73, could help boxing regain traction with younger crowd". Yahoo Sports.
  16. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup – A blog on sports media, news and networks – Archived 2008-08-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Deitsch, Richard (30 March 2015). "Marv Albert, Al Michaels, Bob Costas to join forces for a broadcast". Sports Illustrated.
  18. ^ Fang, Ken (1 April 2015). "Marv Albert, Bob Costas and Al Michaels to work together for the first time ever". Awful Announcing.
  19. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup – A blog on sports media, news and networks – Archived 2008-08-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ BEST JOURNALISM—1) NBC's Olympic boxing coverage. Marv Albert, Ferdie Pacheco and Wally Matthews handled complex stories extraordinarily well.
  21. ^ Casselberry, Ian (16 January 2015). "NBC brings boxing back to prime time, hosted by Al Michaels". Awful Announcing.
  22. ^ "Sugar Ray Leonard becomes World Champion". NBC Sports History Page.
  23. ^ LA Times "Behind The Mike"
  24. ^ USA Today "Olympic announcers for NBC and its affiliated cable TV channels"
  25. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup – A blog on sports media, news and networks – Archived 2008-08-03 at the Wayback Machine.

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