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HBO TO COVER KLITSCHKO-FURY FROM STUDIO

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November 25, 2015, Queens, NY  The Wladmir Klitschko-Tyson Fury fight will be televised by HBO with one not so slight twist; the HBO broadcast team will not be at the fight. ESPN boxing journalist Dan Rafael reported that due to the unrest in Europe because of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, HBO executives decided that it was too risky for their boxing commentators to attend the fight in Germany.

Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, and probably former multi-division champion Roy Jones Jr. will call the fight from the NYC studio. This is not surprising considering the security concerns in many European nations and other countries around the world.

There has been no official announcement from HBO as of this post, but Rafael is a reliable source and has not retracted his report. What is upsetting to some is the decision indicates capitulation to terrorism. HBO decided to err on the side of caution which is frustrating to some but probably the more prudent action.

The fight will be shown twice on Saturday, November 28. The first airing will be live beginning at 4:45 p.m. (EST), and the second showing will start at 10:15 (EST) as part of the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez replay.

Professor Clifford Benton can be reached at @cliffordbenton.

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