Legendary broadcaster Jim Lampley is finally making his long awaited return to boxing.
According to a press release sent out by the promotion, Lampley has signed a multi-fight deal with Triller Fight Club and will serve as the company’s lead play-by-play voice beginning on June 19 with a card headlined by Lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez defending his titles against mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr.
“It is an honor and a privilege to welcome the preeminent voice in boxing, Jim Lampley, to Triller Fight Club,” Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh said. “We will blend all the best elements of music, entertainment and sports, and there is no one better to help lead our broadcasts for fans of all ages than Jim.”
The 72-year-old Lampley’s voice is essentially synonymous with boxing, as he served as the voice of HBO Boxing for nearly three decades until the company exited the boxing industry at the end of 2018.
During his tenure with HBO, Lampley called some of the biggest fights between the sport’s biggest names, including James “Buster” Douglas’ triumphant upset over Mike Tyson in 1990. He also called the iconic trilogies between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe and Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. Additionally, he was involved with broadcasts that featured an endless stream of legendary fighters, including Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Floyd Mayweather, to name a few.
Lampley was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.
“I am impressed that Triller Fight Club is aggressively seeking to put together the best telecast possible, and it is that mentality that makes Triller the best possible platform for my return to ringside,” said Lampley. “This first telecast features Teofimo Lopez, conqueror of the great Vasiliy Lomachenko and an exciting new talent who has already made a historic mark on the sport. That says it all for me.”
While Triller has garnered some criticism for how it has operated its Fight Club series so far, there’s no denying that bringing in a well-respected figure like Lampley will provide the fledgling fight promotion with some much-needed credibility.