HBO's Merchant analyzing last boxing match Saturday
Larry Merchant will end his 35-year boxing analyst career for HBO Sports on Saturday, when the cable network has its season finale of World Championship Boxing at 9:30 p.m.
Merchant isn't leaving HBO.
"Starting in January, I will become a Tom Brokaw-like senior kibbitzer on major news and events in boxing," Merchant said. "I was extraordinarily lucky to land with HBO when it was just a startup. I'm proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network. I'm looking forward now to my new role and to new adventures in television, writing and the expanding media universe."
Merchant worked side-by-side with Jim Lampley since 1988. Max Kellerman, who joined HBO Sports in 2005 and has alternated with Merchant the past few years, will now be the full-time HBO ringside boxing commentator and post-fight interviewer.