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neils7147933
11-24-2004, 08:57 PM
Were the guys announcing the fight that replays on ESPN the ones who commentated for HBO that night? Was this an HBO fight or a pay-per-view? I was thinking this was an HBO fight, but I was too young to remember the fight.

Anyone know the names of the announcers covering the fight that shows on ESPN? Were they calling the fight to a wide audience or does ESPN just not have the rights to the HBO call?

I'm interested because the announcers on the ESPN replay are really, really bad.

Thanks in advance...

dingus
11-24-2004, 09:18 PM
Were the guys announcing the fight that replays on ESPN the ones who commentated for HBO that night? Was this an HBO fight or a pay-per-view? I was thinking this was an HBO fight, but I was too young to remember the fight.

Anyone know the names of the announcers covering the fight that shows on ESPN? Were they calling the fight to a wide audience or does ESPN just not have the rights to the HBO call?

I'm interested because the announcers on the ESPN replay are really, really bad.

Thanks in advance...

I am pretty sure Lampley and Merchant called the fight the night it happened. I have no idea who was calling the fight for espn classic. I think that the footage may be different from what HBO aired. If you notice in one shot, the camera pans out behind the announcers table which is something you don't see during a lot of fights.

No-Mas
11-24-2004, 09:55 PM
Don't know who calls the ESPN Classic fight, but it was Lampley and crew doing the original call on HBO. I have a tape of the fight from that night that I watch a whole lot and the shock, drama, and bewilderment voiced by Lampley and Merchant over what was happening in the ring adds so much to the fight. Get a copy of that one.

Note: It was not a Pay Per View fight. It was just a regular HBO fight that you didn't have to pay for (who would be buying a Tyson vs. Buster Who?! fight?). The fight was on a Saturday night up against the NBA All-Stars Slam Dunk Contest and I remember switching back and forth. But after a while you realized what was going on in the supposed-to-be-ho-hum Tyson fight was unbelievable. By round two or three the phone was ringing off the hook ("Are you watching this!?!") and everyone was locked onto the Tyson fight. One of the best sports viewing moments of all time. It was amazing to see that fight unfold live.

(neils, I think I chat boxing with you over at IMDB.)

neils7147933
11-24-2004, 11:41 PM
Don't know who calls the ESPN Classic fight, but it was Lampley and crew doing the original call on HBO. I have a tape of the fight from that night that I watch a whole lot and the shock, drama, and bewilderment voiced by Lampley and Merchant over what was happening in the ring adds so much to the fight. Get a copy of that one.

Note: It was not a Pay Per View fight. It was just a regular HBO fight that you didn't have to pay for (who would be buying a Tyson vs. Buster Who?! fight?). The fight was on a Saturday night up against the NBA All-Stars Slam Dunk Contest and I remember switching back and forth. But after a while you realized what was going on in the supposed-to-be-ho-hum Tyson fight was unbelievable. By round two or three the phone was ringing off the hook ("Are you watching this!?!") and everyone was locked onto the Tyson fight. One of the best sports viewing moments of all time. It was amazing to see that fight unfold live.

(neils, I think I chat boxing with you over at IMDB.)

What's your screen name over there?

paulmmv
11-27-2004, 04:19 AM
i saw that

gogan
12-14-2004, 10:56 PM
when is this fight on again? anyone know?

jabsRstiff
12-15-2004, 08:14 AM
The voice you probably heard was that of BOB SHERIDAN.
He always did a seperate broadcas(from the network) for DON KING.

Atwa_66
12-15-2004, 11:55 AM
when is this fight on again? anyone know?
Yeah, I'd like to see it

jabsRstiff
12-15-2004, 12:42 PM
Yeah, I'd like to see it

You'll be witnessing one of the finest performances in heavyweight history.

Douglas......was near perfection that night.

tys0n
12-15-2004, 07:22 PM
i thought it was merchant, lamply and leonard.

LittleBigMan
01-18-2005, 12:22 AM
Lampley and Merchant called it

jabsRstiff
01-18-2005, 08:36 AM
Yes....Merchant, Lampley, & Leonard called it for the HBO telecast.

BUT....neils was asking who did it on the ESPN Classic replay....& it was BOB SHERIDAN.

Atwa_66
01-18-2005, 12:04 PM
I saw it, I have the KO clip on my computer
Unbeliviable, James Douglas with a killer uppercut
Biggest upset in Boxing History in my book

slickhook
01-18-2005, 12:18 PM
Check out http://www.customizedvds.com for the full fight
or you can get a low quality one on some PayPal sites for the same price.

justin04
01-18-2005, 02:03 PM
i remeber watching that fight with my dad when i was like 10 years old and being amazed that anyone could beat tyson so badly...

Clay AikSkins
01-18-2005, 11:05 PM
i remeber watching that fight with my dad when i was like 10 years old and being amazed that anyone could beat tyson so badly...
It was a incredible upset......

Dempsey 1919
03-26-2007, 08:31 PM
Were the guys announcing the fight that replays on ESPN the ones who commentated for HBO that night? Was this an HBO fight or a pay-per-view? I was thinking this was an HBO fight, but I was too young to remember the fight.

Anyone know the names of the announcers covering the fight that shows on ESPN? Were they calling the fight to a wide audience or does ESPN just not have the rights to the HBO call?

I'm interested because the announcers on the ESPN replay are really, really bad.

Thanks in advance...

The Colonel, Bob Sheridan.

brownpimp88
03-26-2007, 09:21 PM
This fight was so good to watch, buster looked so great.

JWL
03-27-2007, 02:38 PM
Was there anyone who didn't love love watching Tyson go down. Classic moment in boxing history...

AliFan1
04-01-2007, 12:14 PM
The fight was originally an HBO fight, not PPV, and Lampley, Merchant, and
Sugar Ray Leonard made the call. I have a tape and also watch it a lot. It
was one of the most memorable nights in not only boxing history, but sports
history!

The Noose
04-01-2007, 01:14 PM
Was there anyone who didn't love love watching Tyson go down. Classic moment in boxing history...

Probably the huge amount of Tyson fans.

TintaBoricua
10-28-2007, 03:25 PM
Does anybody have a link to the HBO version with Lampley and Merchant calling the fight? I'd love to hear their reactions when the knockout occured.

Hawk O'Connor
10-28-2007, 03:34 PM
Does anybody have a link to the HBO version with Lampley and Merchant calling the fight? I'd love to hear their reactions when the knockout occured.

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The Iron Man
10-28-2007, 03:45 PM
Biggest Upset in Sporting History

TintaBoricua
10-28-2007, 08:36 PM
Thanks, Hawkins.

Mike Tyson77
10-28-2007, 09:45 PM
The best moment was when the "Buster" laid on the canvas for like 12 seconds.


"Spinks will expose Tyson, Im picking spinks to win."

-Teddy Atlas




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