HBO World Championship Boxing
On Saturday December 8th HBO aired its final episode World Championship Boxing.
History of HBO Boxing
HBO has been the number one production showcasing the top fighters in the sport for over 40 years. The first episode of HBO Boxing aired on January 22, 1973, from Kingston, Jamaica where “Big” George Foreman defeated “Smokin” Joe Frazier in 2 rounds for the World Heavyweight Championship. HBO Boxing is responsible for “The Rumble in the Jungle” where Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight championship and the “Thrilla in Manilla” the final bout between Ali and Joe Frazier. HBO is responsible for the fight on November 5, 1994, when “Big” George defeated Michael Moorer to become the oldest heavyweight champion inspiring a 7 year old kid from Pensacola. HBO Boxing is responsible for the biggest upset in boxing history where “Buster” Douglas defeated Mike Tyson to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. HBO is responsible for producing many classic fights and launching the careers of many of our favorite fighters including Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao; and commentators Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman and ring announcer Michael Buffer. HBO has inspired and entertained millions around the world through the fighters and events they have produced over the last four decades. HBO World Championship Boxing will be missed by many and will go down as the best boxing production in history.
Thank you for the memories and inspiration World Championship Boxing