Why is HBO so quick to try and retire somebody? They did the same with Khan, and that was what, his 2nd loss (the Garcia fight)? Congrats to Kovalev for the victory, though I'm a bit salty....only because this was more of a victory for HBO...whom I despise. Lol
The problem is Jim Lamply's slugger-bias mentality. However, it may also be related to a bigger issue of HBO trying to attract the younger "Slugger Mentality" fan-base,
There was a time about 20 years ago when Jim was more objective. Those days are long gone. Do you think Jim is doing this himself, if not, who was the higher up at HBO that started the "pom-pom" shaking? I wonder if it might have been Ross Greenberg? He was more of a producer than boxing man anyway. Lou Dibella brought the original HBO Boxing After Dark. But many of those were classic brawls. Still think that Ward-Gatti I was the beginning of the "Favorable Brawl" era for HBO. Lamply loved Roy Jones even when he was fighting no-hopers, and Roy was never this "vicious brawler."
Something changed within the HBO landscape to make Jim Lamply commentate favoring the brawler style now. Lamply is too set in his ways now to call fights objectively, and is simply too old. Maybe if Chris Algeri does better than expected against Pacquiao, they could retire Lamply and bring Chris in to commentate, He's articulate, witty, funny, is a good boxer, and has a pleasant personality to show these younger kids that boxing can be exciting, not every fight has to be a brawl.
Jim Lamply has too much control of the ship over at HBO. It could also be HBO on the whole, with their relationship to Top Rank, and Arum showing dislike for "elusive boxing." Bob does seem to have a favorable bias for the Hispanic/Mexican/Latin America fan base. Maybe so much of the issue is that with today's "MMA short-attention span" generation, elusive boxers don't put asses in the seats. The thing is, if Lamply does retire, would the higher-ups at HBO ALLOW an impartial commentator in his place? When Max began at HBO, he showed more objectivity, actually he is and remains a "bad Merchant clone." However, Lamply when Max is commentating, often steers him toward HBO "group-think" mode. When Max does post-fght interviews, Lamply is not there to steer the ship, allowing for more objectivity.
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