Chat with Jim Lampley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, we're going inside the boxing ring when broadcaster Jim Lampley stops by to chat about Saturday's HBO middleweight doubleheader.
Lampley is best known for his work on HBO Boxing telecasts where he serves as the blow-by-blow announcer on all World Championship Boxing and HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast alongside Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward. In 21 years at HBO, Lampley has called more than 500 fights and has been honored with the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the Boxing Writers of America Association.
Saturday night's doubleheader includes Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KO) taking on Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0) for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight title and Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KO) battling Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KO) on the undercard. The fights will be live from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.
Send your questions now and join Lampley Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:59 PM)
Jim is here!
If Martinez get pass through Dzinziruk, can you foresee a match with Mayweather or Pacquiao in the near future? Because I don't
Jim Lampley (2:01 PM)
I think that there is a possibility that perhaps Floyd would chat Martinez. I don't think Manny is big enough to fight him. Martinez has shown power at 160. The fighting is no for Pacquiao, maybe for Mayweather and I would give him a chance in either fight. He's bigger than both.
I MMA/UFC a threat to Boxing ?
Jim Lampley (2:02 PM)
No. I believe they're complementary to boxing. MMA is one combat sport, boxing is another. There are those that watch MMA and not boxing, those that watch boxing but not MMA and those that watch both. they can co-exist.
how excited do you get doing a manny pacquiao fight? Where would you rank him with the all time greats?
Jim Lampley (2:03 PM)
He is the most exciting fighter I have covered since the early days of Mike Tyson. In fact in some ways, in a dramatically different weight class, Pacquiao is what Tyson was supposed to be past 30, a technical fighter with knockout power. I get tremendously excited to call his fights, but I get excited for all prize fights. My favorite thing to do.
Khalil (Atlanta, GA)
Jim, if Floyd were to man up and fight Manny, who do you like in that fight and why?
Jim Lampley (2:05 PM)
I have always picked Mayweather to win the fight. I will still pick him. He's larger than Manny. Defensive fighters have competitive advantages over offensive fighters. An offensive fighter who wants to please the crowd (Pacquiao) have issues against defensive fighters (Mayweather) who don't care about pleasing the crowd.
Jim, do you hope to go to Germany to call the Klitshcko-Haye fight this summer?
Jim Lampley (2:06 PM)
Very much hope to go to Germany. Haye is the one that most excites the fans. I want to be there to do it. It's a fight that makes the most sense.
Jim, I'm a massive fan of yours. Do you think fist size is a big determinant of punching power? From the promotion pics, it looks like Martinez has a massive fist in comparison to Sergei.
Jim Lampley (2:07 PM)
Sergiy would tell you that he's not a power puncher. Martinez two years ago was not considered a power puncher, but has changed that. There is no question that he has a power advantage.
Anthony M (Texas)
What are your thought on Judah / Mayweather 2? Could you see it happening?
Jim Lampley (2:08 PM)
I'm not sure where the public interest comes from, other than that Zab did pretty well in the first four rounds. His performance in the rest of the fight discredited him at that level. I think there are other fights we'd rather see, but I don't rule it out. I just don't see the value of that fight at this moment.
Andrew (Hamilton, On)
Jim, you are one of the best announcers of all time. What is the best advice anyone has given you regarding your professional development?
Jim Lampley (2:10 PM)
On my second telecast as a network sportscaster at ABC in 1974, I showed up 7 minutes late for my call time. A truly great broadcast executive named Chuck Howard grabbed me by the shirt collar and told me that if I did that one more time, I would bury my career. And if I learned to show up on time, I would be doing this for 40 years. I've been doing this for 37 years. Thank you Chuck Howard.
Thomas Cummings (UK)
What have the American public and media made of the announcement that Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will finally go head to head?
Jim Lampley (2:11 PM)
It's excellent. I'm glad it's finally happening. It's a chance for Haye to regain the respect that he's lost in the eyes of many boxing journalists for having seemed to have ducked the fight. Now he's taking the fight and I'm very excited about it.
Jim Lampley (2:11 PM)
There is one simple fact about the heavyweight division. You want to prove you're the best? Go beat a Klitchsko. And good luck.
erick (los angeles)
What do u think of nfl players thinking they can box professionaly?...thanx ur the best on the mic much respect
Jim Lampley (2:13 PM)
There is a heavyweight named Seth Mitchell who is a former Michigan LB who is making very good progress in the heavyweight division. Perhaps he will prove me wrong, like Martinez, but my basic philosophy is either you've been at the gym since you were 12 or you won't make it to the top. You must have the comfort int he ring that only comes from having done this since childhood. Guys like Martinez that can pick it up at 20 and become one of the best int he world? One of a kind.
hey jim when did u first fall in love with the sport of boxing?.....i ask because u announce fights with such passion
Jim Lampley (2:14 PM)
My father died when I was 5. My mother's way of being both a father and mother to me was to emerse me in every sport that my father loved and watched. I can still remember, I was about 8 the night that she sat me down to watch Friday Night Fights, Robinson v. Olson, their second fight. It would have been very difficult for anyone who loved sports to watch Robinson and not fall in love with boxing. I believe I fell in love that night.
Jim Lampley (2:15 PM)
I operate from the basic philosophy that the best people in the world are boxing fans. Communicating with them is my life's blood. So thanks to all the boxing fans for watching the sport.