Boxing on CBS

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Boxing on CBS is a television boxing show, produced by CBS Sports.[1]


CBS' earliest experience with boxing dates back to 1948,[2] with the debut of Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts. The program, featuring blow-by-blow commentator Russ Hodges, lasted through 1955.[3]

CBS had a renewed interest in boxing after losing the National Football Conference package to Fox following the 1993 season. In 1994,[4][5] they had a new series of fights on Saturday or Sundays under the Eye on Sports[6] banner. Tim Ryan (blow-by-blow) and Gil Clancy (color) were the commentators during this period. CBS continued airing boxing on a somewhat regular basis until 1998,[7] by which time they had the NFL (after acquiring the American Football Conference package from NBC) and college football back on their slate.

In May 2000, CBS announced that it in July of that year, they would rebroadcast four heavyweight fights that would air on Showtime[8] from June.

On December 15, 2012, CBS once again teamed with Showtime to present an unprecedented day/night marathon that would feature up to seven fights at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.[9] The live 90-minute CBS broadcast, SHOWTIME Boxing on CBS, would begin at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT and offer two fights.

Notable moments[edit]

Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's trainer, was brought in to be Sugar Ray Leonard's trainer and manager. Long-time coaches Janks Morton, Dave Jacobs and lawyer Mike Trainer made up the rest of Leonard's team. Promoted by ABC-TV as their replacement for the aging Ali, Leonard made $40,000 for his first professional fight (then a record) against Puerto Rican Luis Vega. The fight was televised nationally on CBS-TV, and the novice Leonard won by a 6 round unanimous decision.

For decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s, world championship matches in professional boxing were scheduled for fifteen rounds, but that changed after a November 13, 1982[10] WBA Lightweight title bout ended with the death of boxer Duk Koo Kim[11] in a fight against Ray Mancini in the 14th round of a nationally televised championship fight on CBS. Exactly three months after the fatal fight, the WBC reduced the number of their championship fights to 12 rounds. It was also the last fight to air as part of strike replacement programming on CBS because of the NFL strike,[12] which ended three days later.

A then 14-0 Oscar de la Hoya appeared on a December 10, 1994 card for CBS.

The last time CBS aired a live boxing event[13] prior to 2012, was on January 20, 1997, when then-middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins knocked out Glen Johnson in the 11th round.



  1. ^ Google Search - Boxing on CBS
  2. ^ Google Search - 1948
  3. ^ Google Search - 1955
  4. ^ BOXING; CBS's Fight Card Packs Surprising Punch
  5. ^ Google Search - 1994
  6. ^ Extending the N.C.A.A. tournament contract continues the revamping of CBS Sports. The network has made college football deals for the Fiesta, Orange and Cotton Bowls starting in January 1996, and, starting that fall, Big East and Southeastern Conference regular-season games, and the Army-Navy game; has aggressively launched prime-time and weekend figure skating programming; started a boxing series seen on the new "Eye on Sports" series, and acquired the rights to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
  7. ^ Google Search - 1997
  8. ^ CBS-TV gets back into boxing ring with summer cards
  9. ^ "Boxing returns to CBS for first time since 1997". 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Google Search - 1982
  13. ^ Velin, Bob (1 April 2011). "CBS to air boxing: 'Fight Camp 360: Pacquiao vs. Mosley'". USA Today. 
  14. ^ "Quiz Winner Credits Memory for Success." Christian Science Monitor, 14 October 1959, p. 6
  15. ^ "The Quiz Show Scandal" website
  16. ^ "CBS Radio to Give Male Fan Assist in Airing Basilio, Robinson Fight." Hartford Courant, 25 March 1958, p. 18A
  17. ^ He has served as boxing analyst for CBS Sports for 20 plus years and currently calls the action for the network’s championship boxing series.
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  19. ^ Michael Marley’s Boxing Confidential – News, Analysis, and Commentary
  20. ^ Boxing Results & Reports
  21. ^ Thomas Hearns – The Fan Favorite
  22. ^ Berger, Phil (4 November 1987). "Boxing Notebook; Leonard Still Has Hagler's Number". The New York Times. 
  23. ^ Mancini and Kim forever linked - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports
  24. ^ Internantional Boxing Hall of Fame / BWAA Awards

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