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Updated: May 3, 2008, 6:11 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Saturday, 4:10 p.m. ET -- Kery Davis

Kery Davis, HBO's vice president for sports programming, recalls when he truly became hooked on boxing.

"I grew up in an era where boxing was part of our DNA," he told me recently. "I was a huge Muhammad Ali fan. He did a fight on ABC way back in the day and I got the opportunity to watch it. I was sitting with my Mom -- we had one TV in the house, so I had to beg her to let me watch it -- and Ali at the end was doing an interview with Howard Cosell, and Cosell was trying to reign him in, and Cosell said, 'Champ, what does being the heavyweight champ mean to you?' And Ali answers, 'You know what it means? It means I can wipe you.' And he looked into the camera, and said, 'Every man who is out there with his wife and with his kids, I want you to turn to your wife and to your kids and say, see that man on the TV? He can whoop me.' And I was sold."

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