Jim Lampley Launches Shot at Broner-Malignaggi Promotion
|Written by Michael Woods|
|Sunday, 30 June 2013 10:23|
On the June 30 edition of Jim Lampley's "The Fight Game" on HBO, boxing's most seasoned voice closed with a Keith Olbermann-esque commentary which took rival Showtime to task.
"Now to add our two cents to the story that gave boxing fodder to TMZ and its imitators these past few weeks. The Brooklyn battle between Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner was a pretty good fight, made entertaining by Malignaggi's spirited effort to defend his title and the chance to see how Broner would fare in his twelve pound jump from lightweight to welterweight. But hard as we tried to see the humor and intrigue in the tabloid style buildup to the event, the relentless back and forth about which fighter was now sharing sexual calisthenics with someone named Jessica and what that meant to them, we just couldn't manage it. An excerpt from the sometimes erudite sports website Grantland says it plainly:
The show did a good job of mixing journalistic depth, as when Lampley grilled Andre Ward on his attempt to sever promotional ties with longtime promoter Dan Goossen, and spirited opinion, as when Lampley brought on Max Kellerman to debate their respective pound for pound lists. And it ended on a surprisingly direct, and somewhat controversial, note. Readers, check out the episode when you get a chance and weigh in, in our Forum to share your thoughts on Lampley's message.