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Jim Lampley’s Fight Game More of a Weak Blame Game Ignoring HBO’s Complicity

jim lampleys the fight game Jim Lampleys Fight Game More of a Weak Blame Game Ignoring HBOs ComplicityLampley Blames Promoters but Ignores HBO’s Dealings When Discussing Dueling Fight Cards with Showtime

Saturday night on HBO’s the Fight Game; Jim Lampley’s opening remarks implied that boxing promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy had manipulated their fighters Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez into having dueling fight cards.  Essentially depleting the value of each show, the two Mexican rising stars went head to head on Mexican Independence Day.  Perhaps the promoters are guilty, as Top Rank and Golden Boy aren’t on the best of terms, but for Jim Lampley to blame boxing promoters for dueling fight cards is completely outrageous.  HBO has made it their business to go head to head against Showtime with dueling fight cards multiple times a year for years, most recently just two weeks ago with Ward-Dawson originally set to go against Alexander-Bailey.  Lucas Matthyse ended up being the main event after Bailey pulled out with an injury.  Repeatedly and over and over, HBO is the most complicit factor in dueling fight cards against Showtime, not the promoters.  In fact, the TV networks decide the actual fight date, not the promoters.  At least Jim Lampley didn’t blame Showtime for this problem but he also didn’t waste time taking multiple shots at Showtime for not allowing HBO to use their fight footage.  Lampley also took a shot at the Alvarez-Lopez fight implying Lopez was a weak opponent.  Of course Lampley forgot to mention that multiple opponents were forced to pull out because of injury. Paul Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.  James Kirkland blew out his shoulder and Victor Ortiz broke his jaw in the Lopez fight.  With a lot of spin, and a few cheap shots and blatantly ignoring the truth, this wasn’t Jim Lampley or HBO’s finest hour.  Last week on The Daily Show, John Stewart coined the phrase “willfully blind cognitive dissonance” when describing Fox News’ criticism of Barack Obama.  That seems pretty appropriate for the latest edition of Jim Lampley’s Fight Game.

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